Why IBM Cloud is different

Open source is in IBM’s DNA

From the hypervisor to developer tools to blockchain and AI, IBM Cloud™ is built on open source technology.

No vendor lock-in

IBM Cloud is built on open standards to provide flexibility, portability and cloud services enabled via open APIs.

Open source leadership

IBM specializes in operationalizing, hardening, scaling and contributing back to the open source ecosystem.

IBM is invested in open cloud

For over 20 years, IBM has been a driving force in the evolution of open source technology, helping enterprises create, adopt and scale open source to serve their business goals.

Robust participation


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Key projects and community involvement

IBM is a founding member of both the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation; and an active contributor to many other open-source foundations and projects. Find out how and why IBM has invested in the top-tier communities and projects that will matter most to the enterprise.

Read about IBM’s key open source partnerships

Open community engagement

IBM partners with most of the major open-source communities that drive today’s businesses.

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