Microsoft acquires Berlin startup Kinvolk, a developer of open source cloud-based projects

Microsoft is bolstering its Azure hybrid container platform capabilities with the purchase of Berlin-based startup Kinvolk, the company behind Flatcar Container Linux, an alternative to CoreOS Container Linux designed for container workloads.

Founded in 2015, Kinvolk will henceforth contribute to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Arc, “and future projects that will expand Azure’s hybrid container platform capabilities and increase Microsoft’s upstream open source contributions in the Kubernetes and container space,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post as it continues to embrace open source and Linux.

On that note, Kinvolk writes:

“There will doubtless be a lot of questions, particularly among the Flatcar Container Linux user community. Microsoft has been clear that we are to ensure continuity for users who have already gone through a lot of upheaval over the past couple of years.

This will not be a replay of the movie you’ve seen before.”

At publication time, it remained unclear which movie the company is referring to.

Also, the terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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