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Microsoft acquires container orchestration specialist Deis

Tue 11 Apr 2017

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Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Deis, an open source container orchestration company which allows for the creation and management of apps on top of Kubernetes.

Microsoft purchased Deis from platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider Engine Yard, which acquired OpDemand in 2015 – the original creator of Deis. Terms of the new deal are yet to be confirmed.

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.

‘Members of the Deis team are strong supporters of the open source community – developing tools, contributing code and organizing developer meetups,’ wrote Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, in a blog post announcing the news.

‘We expect Deis’ technology to make it even easier for customers to work with our existing container portfolio including Linux and Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers and Azure Container Service, no matter what tools they choose to use,’ he added.

Microsoft announced last year that it would be adding the commercial version of the Docker Engine into Windows Server 2016. The tech giant has also released a recent blog with Docker which discusses opportunities for their technologies to jointly support enterprise workloads.

Deis has led many open source projects, including Helm, Workflow and Steward, offering solutions for developers building, deploying, managing and scaling applications on Kubernetes. The projects incorporate container technologies into application platforms combining technologies from Google, Docker and CoreOS.

The San Francisco-based container specialist said that it would continue to operate these existing projects from within Microsoft.

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. He wrote that the move would help to ‘define, shape and build new cloud-native applications.’

‘We look forward to making Azure the best place to run containerized workloads,’ added Monroy.


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