According to Microsoft, Deis still employs a small number of people in Boulder. Guthrie said that Deis provides developers the means to greatly improve efficiency, agility, and reliability through Kubernetes.
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.
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.
Deis provides three core open source tools for managing Kubernetes deployments: Workflow, a platform for developers and operations teams to easily deploy and manage containerized apps; the Kubernetes package manager Helm; and Steward, a Kubernetes-native service broker (which basically allows applications talk to each other).
"At Microsoft, we've seen explosive growth in both interest and deployment of containerized workloads on Azure, and we're committed to ensuring Azure is the best place to run them", wrote Microsoft in a blog post.
Microsoft is set to acquire Deis, a maker of tools that are compatible with the open-source container orchestration system Kubernetes. Terms were not disclosed. OpDemand was originally started in 2011 and as Deis evolved significantly over its short lifespan from primarily being a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology, to being a leading Kubernetes services vendor.
The acquisition reinforces the Redmond company's commitment to open-source technologies, a fairly recent development for Microsoft. Venture Beat notes that the world's biggest software firm has been focusing on supporting open source services such as Apache Mesos, Kubernetes, and Docker in order to push further cloud adaptation.
Deis also claims an open-source worldview, meaning that the company relies on software that is freely available for users to view, adopt, and tweak to suit their needs. More importantly, Azure is specialized for enterprise IT needs, combined that with Microsoft's global reach, this gives the software company an extremely powerful weapon that can be leverage to take on AWS in the cloud market.