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IBM Cloud Pak for Data

By : Hemanth Manda, Sriram Srinivasan, Deepak Rangarao
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Book Image

IBM Cloud Pak for Data

3 (1)
By: Hemanth Manda, Sriram Srinivasan, Deepak Rangarao

Overview of this book

Cloud Pak for Data is IBM's modern data and AI platform that includes strategic offerings from its data and AI portfolio delivered in a cloud-native fashion with the flexibility of deployment on any cloud. The platform offers a unique approach to addressing modern challenges with an integrated mix of proprietary, open-source, and third-party services. You'll begin by getting to grips with key concepts in modern data management and artificial intelligence (AI), reviewing real-life use cases, and developing an appreciation of the AI Ladder principle. Once you've gotten to grips with the basics, you will explore how Cloud Pak for Data helps in the elegant implementation of the AI Ladder practice to collect, organize, analyze, and infuse data and trustworthy AI across your business. As you advance, you'll discover the capabilities of the platform and extension services, including how they are packaged and priced. With the help of examples present throughout the book, you will gain a deep understanding of the platform, from its rich capabilities and technical architecture to its ecosystem and key go-to-market aspects. By the end of this IBM book, you'll be able to apply IBM Cloud Pak for Data's prescriptive practices and leverage its capabilities to build a trusted data foundation and accelerate AI adoption in your enterprise.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics
Section 2: Product Capabilities
Section 3: Technical Details

Architecture overview

In Chapter 1, The AI Ladder: IBM's Prescriptive Approach, and Chapter 2, Cloud Pak for Data – Brief Introduction, you would have seen why we needed such a platform in the first place. In this section, we will start by exploring what exactly we mean by a data and AI platform in the first place. We will outline the requirements of such a platform and then drill down further into the technical stack that powers Cloud Pak for Data.

Characteristics of the platform

Enterprises need a reliable and modern platform founded on strong cloud-native principles to enable the modernization of their businesses. Let's look at what is expected from such a modern platform in general terms:

  • Resiliency: Continuous availability is a key operational requirement in enterprises. Users need to be able to depend on a system that can self-heal and failover seamlessly without needing a system administrator to manually intervene.
  • Elasticity: Enterprises expect...