IBM has announced that all of its cloud services and software will be based in an open-source format.

The company said the move will ensure that its customer are able to fully harness future opportunities associated with the Cloud, the mobility trend and business analytics.

“History has shown that open source and standards are hugely beneficial to end customers and are a major catalyst for innovation," IBM senior vice president of software, Robert LeBlanc said.

“Just as standards and open source revolutionised the Web and Linux, they will also have a tremendous impact on cloud computing.”  

“The winner here will be customers, who will not find themselves locked into any one vendor - but be free to choose the best platform based on the best set of capabilities that meet that needs."