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How Microsoft Azure Could Benefit from the Deis Buyout


Apr. 13 2017, Updated 5:05 p.m. ET

Deis could strengthen Microsoft’s Azure Container Service

In the previous part of this series, we looked at Microsoft’s (MSFT) recent buyout of Deis. Let’s see how this buyout could benefit Microsoft’s cloud computing platform—Microsoft Azure. Currently, Microsoft Azure has a container service called Docker Swarm.

In the graph below, you can see the results of the survey by The New Stack published in February 2016. Docker Swarm was used by 27.0% of production users, while Kubernetes was used by 15.0%. It’s worth noting that this information is slightly dated, but we do know that Kubernetes’s popularity has risen and is increasingly being adopted.

According to InfoWorld, “Data from OpenHub shows Apache Mesos dwindling since its initial release and Docker Swarm starting to slow. In terms of raw community contributions, Kubernetes is exploding, with 1,000-plus contributors and 34,000 commits—more than four times those of nearest rival Mesos.”

The addition of Kubernetes to Azure Container Service could strengthen Microsoft’s position in the container technology ecosystem.

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Microsoft targets developer community with Kubernetes

By buying Deis, which uses Kubernetes, Microsoft is eyeing the developer community, which seems to like Kubernetes. In an April 10, 2017, blog post, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, said, “Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies.”


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