The deal, announced today, puts Apprenda in the container orchestration business. The primary competition for a commercial Kubernetes offering would be CoreOS, with its Tectonic platform.
But Apprenda couldn’t ignore the rise of containers forever. In March, the company added Kubernetes support to its platform, touting it as a unified management tool for legacy applications and the new breed of cloud-native applications.
Apprenda has raised $56 million, including a $24 million round last year. But the company faces stiff competition in PaaS from the likes of Pivotal, the EMC and VMware spinoff that just raised a $253 million Series C.