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Microsoft Buying Deis to Boost Containers & Kubernetes

With the acquisition, Microsoft gets expertise in container management and open source.

Mitch Wagner

April 10, 2017

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Microsoft Buying Deis to Boost Containers & Kubernetes

Microsoft said Monday that it plans to acquire Kubernetes specialist Deis to beef up Azure cloud support for containers.

"Container technologies let organizations more easily build, deploy, and move applications to and from the cloud," Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group, says in a blog post announcing the deal. Microsoft has seen increased growth in containers and wants to improve Azure as a container platform, Guthrie says. (See Microsoft's Looking Cloudy, & That Ain't Bad.)

In addition to container expertise, Deis has "a depth of open source technology experience," Guthrie says.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Deis will continue contributions to Workflow, Helm and Steward open source projects, and will continue its "deep engagement with the Kubernetes community," according to a post on the Deis blog.

Kubernetes is a double-edged sword for a cloud platform provider like Microsoft. On the one hand, it providers greater flexibility and manageability for applications running on clouds, which is great for the platform provider and enterprise customer too.

On the other hand, Kubernetes makes applications more portable, which makes it easier for enterprises to move applications between platforms -- away from Microsoft. (See Hybrid Cloud Will Be a Battlefield & Other Cloud Predictions.)

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However, with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) dominating the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, anything that makes applications more portable works to Microsoft's (and other contenders') advantage, as applications moving between platforms would likely be moving from Amazon to somebody else. (See AWS Tops in Public Cloud, but Azure Is Catching Up.)

Indeed, Kubernetes was developed by Google, which is a relative latecomer to the enterprise cloud market and is working hard to become a major player. (See Google Takes Fight to Amazon, Microsoft & Cisco and Google Cloud Targets Microsoft Users.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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