Microsoft Azure Stands To Gain A Lot From Acquisition Of Container Expert

By Edge Ison , Apr 11, 2017 05:12 AM EDT

Microsoft is set to improve Azure with its planned acquisition of Deis, a startup described by the company to be "at the center of the container transformation". The acquisition was announced on Monday via the company's blog.

The acquisition is one major step for Microsoft to ensure that Azure stays on top of its game. The company realized that its cloud computing service is facing what it describes as an "explosive growth in both interest and deployment of containerized workloads". Microsoft figured that with the help of Deis, Azure can keep up with the advancements in the container technology. 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.

According to the official blog post from Microsoft, Deis will provide developers a venue to build, run and upgrade applications particularly their efficiency, reliability, and agility via the Kubernetes system, a Google-backed tech.

Software containers are currently one of the leading technologies in terms of building, packaging, delivering and managing applications. A number of companies are already engaged in container technology as many of them are already working with third-party public clouds such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

As Windows Central noted, the small San Francisco-based company has also been training its sight on open source technology. This is another reason why Microsoft deemed it necessary to bring the startup along with the brilliant minds that make up the company into its fold.

Scott Guthrie of Deis issued a statement not only to explain the move but also to thank the customers for their "GitHub issues, pull requests, help in our #community Slack channel, bug fixes, and shared experiences".

Both sides have not revealed how much the acquisition will be worth. However, Microsoft and Deis are one in voicing their excitement over the new-found partnership and the endless possibilities the deal brings in terms of container technology.

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