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Microsoft to Acquire Deis to Help Innovate with Containers and Cloud

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Microsoft announced today that it is acquiring Deis, an open-source software company that helps businesses build and operate massive online applications on top of cloud services.  In doing so, Microsoft hopes to provide better management tools for containers on the Azure cloud.  The acquisition should also give the Redmond giant the ability to better compete with the likes of Google and Amazon.  Neither company has disclosed the price of the acquisition.

Container technology is rapidly changing the way teams build, package, deliver, and manage applications.  And Microsoft obviously has every intention to stay on top of this trend. 

Containers have also been at the forefront of cloud transformation in recent years.  Container technologies let organizations move applications to and from the cloud more easily.  With this increase in agility and portability, containers are helping to make applications the new currency in the cloud.  And here as well, Microsoft wants to make sure that Azure is the best place to run them.

"To support this vision, we're pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Deis - a company that has been at the center of the container transformation, " said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.  "Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies."

Deis employees are also ready to make Azure the best place to run containerized workloads.

"We are honored to add our experience leading and growing open source projects with large user bases and a diverse set of external contributors," said Gabe Monroy, CTO of Deis.  "Over the years, we have worked hard to be open, reliable, and dependable open source maintainers.  From our new home at Microsoft you should expect nothing less."

Monroy went on to say that the team will continue their contributions to Workflow, Helm, and Steward and they look forward to maintaining a deep engagement with the Kubernetes community.  

Along with their container expertise, the Deis team will also bring a depth of open source technology experience to Microsoft.  Deis team members have been strong supporters of the open source community - developing tools, contributing code and organizing developer meetups. 

And according to Guthrie, he expects Deis' technology to make it even easier for customers to work with Microsoft's existing container portfolio, including Linux and Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers and Azure Container Service, no matter what tools they choose to use.

"We're excited to bring the Deis team and their technology to Microsoft.  I look forward to seeing the impact their contributions will have on Azure and the Microsoft developer experience," said Guthrie.

This latest move clearly has strong ties to the tech, but given the difficulty of finding and hiring talent for building Kubernetes-centric services, one can only surmise that this acquisition is also about adding new talent with deep knowledge of Kubernetes into the halls of Microsoft.  The company continues to place bets and cozy up to both Kubernetes and Docker.

Published Monday, April 10, 2017 2:17 PM by David Marshall
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