Deis, a company that has contributed heavily over the years towards some of the finest applications that were built on the container orchestration service called Kubernetes, a platform powered by Google, has been acquired by Microsoft. However, the two parties didn’t mention the transactional detail as of now. There is something that you may have missed out in this process. It is that the company is being directly acquired from Engine Yard, who had acquired the same company in 2015.
While Azure do have powerful compatibility with other orchestration frameworks, Kubernetes is becoming prevalent globally and Microsoft did not want to waste time in getting into the heat of competition. Azure has been becoming a site for containerized workloads and Microsoft wants to continue promoting Azure as such a site. But, for that, Azure must be armed with proper add-ons, which is precisely why this takeover has been performed.
New technology, fresh minds
Apart from the fact that it is surely an addition to the technological growth of Microsoft, it is also the right move precisely because it is extremely difficult to find developers who can work with such services. Hence, with this acquirement, Microsoft is bolstered by a set of talented developers who can really have an impact on Microsoft Azure’s work process later on.
In fact, the team is vastly experienced with open source tools and have managed some of the biggest IT enterprises with their skill. Since open source is surely the future to look forward to, the profound experience in open source technology of these developers can be exploited by Microsoft later on to do much more than simply container orchestration. Microsoft has always been about increasing developer productivity through sharing of knowledge and these developers, hence, are the perfect addition to the team.
The core of Deis
Deis, at its core, is comprised of three open source elements that handle the Kubernetes deployments. They are- Workflow, Helm and Steward. As their name suggests, Work flow is platform dedicated to operations teams as well as developer so that they can manage and deploy their containerized apps easily. Helm is the package manager of Kubernetes. Steward, on the other hand, is service broker native to Kubernetes, a conversational platform between various apps.
Deis earns revenue by providing support and especially, specialized training for such applications since few knows the nitty-gritty of Kubernetes. Such a simple, flexible yet effective platform surely ensures more choice and greater flexibility for customers around the globe. Although their team is small, their conjunction with Microsoft allows them to do bigger things with greater resources available now. Hence, such collaboration should be something to watch out for the concerned IT enterprises in the coming months.