Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Deis, an open source software company that makes it easier for teams to create and manage applications on Kubernetes. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Microsoft has seen growing interest from its customers to build and deploy containerized workloads on Azure, and Deis will help the company accomplish that, wrote Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, in a Microsoft blog post today.
“Members of the Deis team are strong supporters of the open source community — developing tools, contributing code, and organizing developer meetups. 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,” Guthrie wrote.
Microsoft’s Azure Container Service allows users to optimize the configuration of open source tools and technologies, specifically for Azure. Using application program interfaces (APIs), users are able to use their existing container management tools.
Microsoft announced last year that it was adding the commercial version of the Docker Engine into Windows Server 2016. And last week, Microsoft and Docker penned a joint blog, saying their technologies, together, can support virtually every enterprise workload.
Deis is the creator of several open source projects including Helm, Workflow, and Steward, which helps developers build, deploy, manage, and scale applications on top of Kubernetes.
Although Microsoft already offered support for major container frameworks like Mesos, Docker, and Kubernetes, this acquisition will give Microsoft an opportunity to expand its support for Kubernetes software specifically.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft purchased Deis from a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider called Engine Yard. In 2015 Engine Yard acquired OpDemand, which was the startup that originally created Deis.