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Microsoft buys startup Deis to boost its Azure cloud effort

Microsoft made a small but strategic acquisition on Monday, scooping up Deis, the maker of what's known as a container technology called Kubernetes.

"Container technologies let organizations more easily build, deploy and move applications to and from the cloud," Microsoft executive VP Scott Guthrie said in a blog post announcing the deal. "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."

Why it matters: Microsoft's cloud-based operating system, Azure, is increasingly important to the company's future and the source of much of its growth.