Why Open Source Could be IBM’s Key to Future Success in the Cloud


Ask most developers what they think of IBM and you’ll get a blank stare in response. “IB-who?” In our brave new cloud world, IBM—once so imperious with CIO golf calendars—is generally an afterthought for developers looking to deploy to the cloud. And yet there remain good reasons to consider Big Blue, especially for enterprises that have significant investments in IBM.

Instead of asking IBM, however, which tends to come up with antiquated answers like “Because we’re rad with Java,” I spoke with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, who gave me a more compelling answer: Because IBM has deep experience making open source work in the enterprise.

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