On Monday, Microsoft Corporation announced that it has acquired Deis, a small company that makes tools to work with Google’s Kubernetes open-source container orchestration system. The startup was purchased by Engine Yard in 2015. Redmond is acquiring the container developer directly from Engine Yard. Financial terms of the deal were however, not provided.
Containers are a modern way of developing and deploying software. They are seen as the new building blocks of cloud-based software applications. Fortune notes that containers make up a hot category as many enterprises are turning to public clouds such as, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Corporation’s Azure to run their applications.
The San Francisco startup is behind some of the most popular tools for creating and managing applications on top the Mountain View-incubated Kubernetes container orchestrating service. Deis said that it can make it easier for businesses to use Kubernetes for their own purposes.
Tech Crunch notes that the purchase is clearly about the technology however, given how difficult 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. Kubernetes is Deis’ primary focus.
The announcement comes a few months after public cloud market leader AWS launched Blox open-source container management tools. Venture Beat notes that the world’s biggest software firm has been focusing on supporting open source services such as Apache Mesos, Kubernetes, and Docker in order to push further cloud adaptation. Guthrie said that Deis provides developers the means to greatly improve efficiency, agility, and reliability through Kubernetes.
Microsoft Corporation revealed this week that it has purchased Deis, which offers tools and services for working with applications bundled inside a container. Redmond’s executive VP Scott Guthrie said that the tech giant has seen “explosive growth” both in interest and actual deployment of software containers on its Azure platform.
The startup claims that it relies on software that is freely available for users to view, adopt, and customize to suit their needs. Microsoft Corporation was long known as the tech firm that earned its billions providing proprietary closed-source software. It was not exactly friendly to the notion of open-source. However, over the past couple of years, the Windows maker has altered its stance and pushed its cloud computing service as a good platform to open-source software.
Microsoft Corporation is buying Deis to make a direct play to better compete with Amazon and Google. The move underlines the software giant’s commitment to techs that will define online infrastructure in the years to come. The acquisition is hardly an unusual move as it represents a much broader movement in the world of cloud computing. It however, carries added significance because the Washington-based Windows company is purchasing the startup.
By Anila Maring
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