The IBM approach to open technology

IBM has played — and continues to play — an integral role in the evolution of open source.

Why IBM for an open cloud


Collaborating on hundreds of open technology projects for more than 15 years


Spearheading and facilitating major initiatives in the open cloud community


Building our own offerings on open technologies to ensure interoperability and flexibility

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IBM has been a leader in the current renaissance of open technologies such as OpenStackCloud FoundryNode.js and OpenWhisk. We believe diverse communities and open governance are the lifelines for successful open technology initiatives.

Today, IBM is also helping to drive an open agenda with the emerging “born on the cloud” container-based, application development ecosystem, with founding positions in the Open Container Initiative (OCI) and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Explore IBM’s leadership and opportunities with these key technologies

Kubernetes containers

The IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service uses open source as the foundation for advanced capabilities that ease the pain of security, scalability and infrastructure management. A certified Kubernetes provider, IBM can fully manage the provisioning and lifecycle of highly available clusters running in regions around the world. On top of simplified cluster management, the offering adds extra capabilities through the integration of IBM Cloud™ services such as monitoring, logging, IBM Watson® APIs, blockchain, data services and Internet of Things.

IBM is emerging as a leader in running Kubernetes workloads in production for public, hybrid and private cloud implementations. For example, IBM's mission-critical production workloads for Watson and blockchain platforms run on its publicly managed IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. Kubernetes helps provide massive scalability and workload diversity for IBM Cloud.

Cloud Foundry

Founding member and platinum sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation

  • Top 2 contributor
  • 20+ dedicated committers
  • Most customer deployments

IBM products

Built on Cloud Foundry — the industry's open PaaS that provides choice of clouds, frameworks and application services:


IBM is one of the original founders of Istio, an open-source services mesh framework designed to run on top of Kubernetes. In fact, the Kubernetes product team has a Master Inventor seated on the Istio open-source board. Istio extends Kubernetes using its native APIs and proxies running alongside your application containers to provide additional features like traffic management, detailed telemetry, encryption, and policy control.

Why Istio? In many organizations, the volume of services is growing quickly, creating a management challenge. Istio provides a way for developers to seamlessly connect, manage and secure networks of different microservices — regardless of platform, source or vendor. This allows those developers to support traffic-flow management, access policy enforcement and telemetry data aggregation between microservices, without making changes to application code. Before Istio, this kind of service management would have required a significant amount of coding.

Open application development

Leading the move toward open governance

Node.js is a trademark of Joyent, Inc. and is used with its permission. IBM is not endorsed by or affiliated with Joyent.

IBM products

Supporting Node.js®, one of the world's most rapidly growing programming platforms:

IBM Cloud Functions

  • IIBM Cloud Functions are based on OpenWhisk.
  • OpenWhisk started as an IBM Research project.
  • IBM donated the source code to the Apache Software Foundation as part of an incubation project.
  • IBM contributes to the Apache OpenWhisk Incubation project.

Featured IBM Cloud offerings built on open technologies

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

Create and deploy Docker applications that can run anywhere.

IBM Cloud Functions

Develop code more easily with a serverless deployment and operations model that hides infrastructure complexity.

Node.js at IBM

Gain a stand-alone JavaScript runtime and server-side JavaScript solution for IBM platforms.

IBM API Connect

Access an end-to-end platform for the full API lifecycle, enabling you to visually develop REST APIs in Node and connect them to new and legacy data.

IBM Cloud Orchestrator

Simplify management of your clouds with patterns and content packs plus integrated tools.

Learn more about the value of open cloud

Explore the IBM approach to open cloud.

Discover resources on multiple open cloud technologies.

Visit our showcase and incubator for open source projects.

Learn about the Cloud Standards Customer Council and read its white papers.

Check out IBM code to solve specific problems quickly.

Hear IBMer Daniel Krook on IBM Cloud Functions, serverless and more.

Find out why open technology is ideal for hybrid cloud.

See why open cloud technology accelerates the art of the possible.

Meet our experts

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Angel Diaz

IBM VP, Developer Tech and Advocacy

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Chris Ferris

IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO, Open Technology

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Andrew Hately

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Cloud Architecture

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Brian Martin

IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Cloud Architect

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Jason McGee

IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, Cloud Platform

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Bala Rajaraman

IBM Fellow, Hybrid Cloud

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Brad Topol

IBM Distinguished Engineer, OpenStack

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Todd Moore

IBM VP, Open Technology

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Michael Fork

Director and Distinguished Engineer, IBM Cloud Infrastructure

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Jesse Proudman

IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

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