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Watson Studio service plans
Watson Studio service plans

Watson Studio service plans

The plan you choose for Watson Studio affects the features and capabilities that you can use.

When you provision or upgrade Watson Studio, you can choose between a Lite and a Professional plan. If you previously provisioned a Standard or Enterprise plan, you can continue to use that plan.

See the plan pages in IBM Cloud catalog: Watson Studio for pricing and feature information.

Watson Studio current plans

IBM Cloud account owners can choose between the Lite (unpaid) and Professional (paid) plan.

Under the Professional plan, you can provision multiple Watson Studio instances in an IBM Cloud account. The Professional plan allows unlimited users and charges for compute usage which is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). The Professional plan is the only paid plan option.

Under the Lite plan, you can provision one Watson Studio instance per IBM Cloud account. The Lite plan allows only one user and limits the CUH to 10 hours per month. Collaborators in your projects must have their own Watson Studio Lite plans.

Both Watson Studio plans contain these features without additional services:

Both Watson Studio plans contain these features that require additional IBM Cloud services:

The Watson Studio Professional plan includes features that are not available in the Lite plan, including the following:

The Professional plan charges for compute usage consumed per month. Compute usage is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). For details on computing resource allocation and consumption, see Runtime usage.

Table 1. Feature differences between Watson Studio plans
Feature Lite Professional
Custom encryption keys
Connectors
Large environments
Spark environments 2 executors Up to 35 executors
Decision Optimization Environment + 5 Environment + 5
Watson NLP (beta) Environment + 5 Environment + 5
GPU environments ✓ Dallas region only
Export projects
Collaborators 1 Unlimited
Processing usage 10 CUH per month Unlimited - pay per CUH
HIPAA readiness ✓ Dallas region only

Watson Studio Standard and Enterprise legacy plans

The Standard and Enterprise plans for Watson Studio are not an option for new accounts. Existing accounts can keep the Standard and Enterprise plans indefinitely, or can change to the Professional plan. The Professional plan includes all the features that are available with the Enterprise plan, but does not include instance or authorized user fees.

If you want to change to the Professional plan, follow the steps for Managing services.

The Standard and Enterprise plans include a set number of authorized users, which are project collaborators who have the Admin or Editor role, plus an unlimited number of collaborators who have the Viewer role. You can pay to have more collaborators with the Admin or Editor roles. You adjust the number of authorized users on the Authorized Users page. See Manage authorized users.

A set amount of compute usage is included in each plan. Compute usage is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). With the Standard and Enterprise plans, you can pay for more compute usage. For details on computing resource allocation and consumption, see Runtime usage.

Feature Standard Enterprise
Custom encryption keys
Connectors
Large environments
Spark environments Up to 35 executors Up to 35 executors
GPU environments ✓ Dallas region only ✓ Dallas region only
IBM Analytics Engine environments
Amazon EMR
Export projects
Collaborators 1 + viewers + pay for more 10 + viewers + pay for more
Processing usage 50 CUH + pay for more 5000 CUH + pay for more
HIPAA readiness ✓ Dallas region only

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Parent topic: Watson Studio