Microsoft Acquires Deis, Boosting Kubernetes and Container Portfolio

For a starter, Kubernetes is a Google-backed open source container deployment and management tool that provides automated deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers.

Containers, as Microsoft notes, have been at the forefront of cloud innovation and transformation in years, primarily because the platform allows organizations and enterprises to build, deploy, and move applications to and from the cloud.

This acquisition comes a few months after public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced Blox open source container-management tools, which are created to work with AWS' EC2 Container Service (ECS) for hosting container-based applications. Aside from the Azure Container Service, others in the company's container portfolio that will benefit from the acquisition are Linux and Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers.

Deis spearheaded three open source projects - Helm, Workflow and Steward - that look to ease adoption of Kubernetes for building cloud-native applications. Redmond's executive VP Scott Guthrie said that the tech giant has seen "explosive growth" both in interest and actual deployment of software containers on its Azure platform. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

The acquisition will also bring Microsoft a team that is quite keen on open source technology, while also being well versed in the Kubernetes.


Many enterprises, including Microsoft shops, are still in the testing phase with containers, so Microsoft has time to get Windows and Kubernetes to work together.

Microsoft, long known as a company that made its billions selling proprietary "closed-source" software in the past, wasn't exactly friendly to the notion of open-source software. The acquisition is hardly an unusual move as it represents a much broader movement in the world of cloud computing.

"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", wrote Guthrie in an April 10 blog post.

Though, Microsoft already has a container orchestration service of its own in form of Azure, Deis is meant to boost the company's prowess with regards to the Kubernetes service which is increasingly becoming a standard in the industry.

  • Joey Payne