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.

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Committed to Kubernetes

IBM Cloud — including IBM Watson® and IBM Blockchain Platform — runs on Kubernetes, enabling massive scale and workload diversity.  This investment, in combination with IBM’s dedication as a leader in Kubernetes projects and education (link resides outside IBM), is driven by the innovation potential that Kubernetes can bring to enterprises.  

Containers, Kubernetes and Red Hat

IBM’s hybrid multicloud platform is based on open technologies, such as Linux and Kubernetes, that allow you to more securely deploy, run and manage your data and applications on the cloud of your choice — without the risk of being locked in.

Advancing open source for the enterprise

IBM has demonstrated its leadership and commitment to open source cloud technology by sourcing projects such as Razee and Kabanero; and with major contributions to open-source projects such as Istio, KNative and Eirini. By unifying these different technologies, IBM Cloud helps you to build and run containers, apps and serverless environments with the same set of development and management tools.

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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