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Microsoft gives Azure a boost with Deis acquisition

Microsoft gives Azure a boost with Deis acquisition

In Microsoft's announcement, the company's executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie, wrote that "Container technologies let organizations more easily build, deploy and move applications to and from the cloud". Members of the Deis team are strong supporters of the open source community - developing tools, contributing code and organizing developer meetups.

Deis' technical expertise will boost Microsoft's container services, including Linux and Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers and Azure Container Service, according to a company blog post.

Containerization enables easier management and improved portability of applications in cloud environments, and apps based on this technology are commonly referred to as "cloud-native" apps.

"With all of the open source projects that are all the rage with developers, you have to have the offerings to cater to that if you want to attract them to your cloud", John Vrionis, a partner a Lightspeed Venture Partners told CNBC. The Seattle-based tech giant still enjoyed a big lead in the cloud computing market thanks to its huge head start and vast resources, but Microsoft Azure is growing fast and now offers comparable service.

Engine Yard itself acquired OpDemand, which is the original company behind Deis, in April 2015, in a bid to improve its container services, which is exactly the same thing that Microsoft now wants to do with the company.

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Deis Chief Technology Officer Gabriel Monroy touted the company's open-source commitment in his blog post about the upcoming acquisition.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The team will continue to work on these open source tools, which are now in use by the likes of Mozilla, CloudMine and SocialRadar. The package manager, platform and service broker (respectively) are built for Google-developed Kubernetes, a system which allows for the automated deployment and scaling of containerized applications.

"Microsoft could be looking to produce a version of the Kubernetes software for on-premises deployment with Azure Stack", said Gary Chen, an analyst with IDC. Combined, they have increased their worldwide market share by nearly five percentage points over previous year and account for 23 percent of the total public IaaS and PaaS market, helped by particularly strong growth at Microsoft and Google.


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