Microsoft acquires Kubernetes experts Deis from Engine Yard

Microsoft announced today that they have acquired Deis, an open source container platform that makes it easy to build and manage applications. And late past year, Microsoft made the shocking decision to join the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, publicly supporting the open source platform that has long competed with Microsoft's flagship Windows operating system.

Microsoft has also said Azure will support multiple tools for managing and deploying containers. "We look forward to making Azure the best place to run containerized workloads". Thus, they constitute a hot category as many businesses are turning to third-party public clouds-like Microsoft Azure and Web Services-to run their applications.

Put simply, containers make the developer's job simple and easy, and that's the reason that the technology found massive acceptance from the development community.

The acquisition comes a few months after Microsoft Azure announced that Kubernetes is generally available in the Azure Container Service (ACS). If you want to compare and contrast both the technologies you can read this article here.

According to a blog post by 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".

Neither Microsoft nor Deis announced a sale price for the acquisition. In addition to these tools, the Deis team brings a depth of open source technology experience to Microsoft. Microsoft, meanwhile, has been focusing on supporting open source tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Apache Mesos in order to encourage further cloud adoption, even when developers aren't using Microsoft's Windows Server operating system.

The acquisition is clearly about the tech, but given how hard it is to find and hire the right talent for building Kubernetes-centric services (there simply aren't enough developers on the market), this move also brings a lot of new talent with deep knowledge of Kubernetes into Microsoft.

  • Arturo Norris