It’s not the big acquisitions that are baffling; it’s the little ones. What would a giant like Microsoft want with Deis, a relatively tiny outfit that’s long offered a Heroku-esque PaaS?
Answer: Kubernetes. Google’s container management system has become as vital to the container world as Docker. And Microsoft, fresh from adding Kubernetes support on Azure, is out to ensure its users don’t have second thoughts about picking a fast-moving, fast-growing technology.