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Microsoft Corporation Buys Open-Source Startup Deis to Boost Its Cloud

Microsoft Corporation Buys Open-Source Startup Deis to Boost Its Cloud

Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies.

While Microsoft's Azure Container Service is agnostic and supports all the major container orchestration frameworks like Mesos and Docker Swarm, Kubernetes is quickly becoming the de facto standard and with this move, Microsoft is also increasing its investment in it.

Software containers are seen as the new building blocks of cloud-based applications.

Deis provides three core open-source tools for managing Kubernetes deployments: Workflow, a platform for developers and operations teams to easily deploy and manage containerized apps; the Kubernetes package manager Helm; and Steward, a Kubernetes-native service broker. The Deis acquisition is just a part of Microsoft's not-so-secret ongoing effort in keeping Microsoft Azure as the best platform to run containerized workloads.

Microsoft signed an agreement Monday to acquire open source software developer Deis to help make Microsoft's container portfolio easier for customers and developers to work with. Financial terms of the deal were however, not provided. Microsoft will be acquiring Deis directly from platform-as-a-service company Engine Yard Inc., which acquired Deis via its developer OpDemand LLC in 2015.

In a Deis press release, CTO Gabriel Monroy noted that his company was impressed with Microsoft's cloud leadership and support for the open source community.

The acquisition reinforces the Redmond company's commitment to open-source technologies, a fairly recent development for Microsoft.

Many enterprises, including Microsoft shops, are still in the testing phase with containers, so Microsoft has time to get Windows and Kubernetes to work together. The acquisition is hardly an unusual move as it represents a much broader movement in the world of cloud computing.

Tech Crunch notes that the purchase is clearly about the technology however, given how hard it is to find the right talent for creating Kubernetes-centric services, the deal also brings Microsoft Corporation new talent with deep understanding of the container orchestration system.

He continued: "Robust and open container orchestration, paired with new application architectures are giving organisations unprecedented flexibility and choice".


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