Microsoft acquires Deis to boost its Kubernetes chops

Microsoft Azure Stack Now Has Support For Apps Service And Azure Functions Also Emerged As ‘Formidable Competitor’ To AWS

Microsoft Corporation revealed this week that it has purchased Deis, which offers tools and services for working with applications bundled inside a container.

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

According to Microsoft, it has seen growing demand from customers looking to build and deploy containerised workloads on the Azure cloud, and the new acquisition will support them in achieving this. "In addition to their container expertise, the Deis team brings a depth of open source technology experience - furthering Microsoft's commitments to improve developer productivity and to provide choice and flexibility for our customers everywhere".

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group, praised Deis as a company "that has been at the center of the container transformation".

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On Monday (April 10), it was announced that the global leader in software had acquired Deis, a start up company with a mission to make container technologies simple for developers. Financial terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed. The company's projects, to which Deis will continue to contribute after the acquisition, include Helm, a package and application manager; Workflow, a flexible containerized deployment and management system; and Steward, a Kubernetes-native service broker, a system that provides communication between applications, that's now in early development.

In a bid to give a boost to its Azure platform, Microsoft has announced its plans to acquire San Francisco-based startup Deis. This move confirms a sustained interest in container orchestration from Microsoft.

Deis is known for a number of open-source projects, including the Helm package manager for Kubernetes, which enables users to install and manage complex Kubernetes apps.

"Over the years, we have worked hard to be open, reliable, and dependable open source maintainers", Monroy wrote in a blog post.

According to the official blog post from Microsoft, Deis will provide developers a venue to build, run and upgrade applications particularly their efficiency, reliability, and agility via the Kubernetes system, a Google-backed tech.

For Microsoft, Azure is the company's future from not only an infrastructure perspective but also for revenue.

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