Platform as a service PaaS cloud software company Apprenda is announcing today that it has acquired Kismatic — a startup that provides commercial support for the open-source Kubernetes and Docker software for working with applications with code packaged up in containers.In the past three years, containers have become more fashionable than longstanding virtual machines VMs .

You can run many virtual machines on top of a physical server, but often you can run more containers on that server, thanks to the use of just one operating system OS for all containers — as opposed to letting each VM run with its own guest OS — and update them more frequently.

As we started venturing into Kubernetes, it became obvious that Kismatic could help accelerate our journey and to be even more aggressive in our goals for the Apprenda platform.

Patrick Reilly, Kismatic s CEO, is taking on the role of chief technology officer at Apprenda.

And now Apprenda will be able to bring in revenue through commercial support for Kubernetes, which can be run on major Linux distributions.

This is Apprenda s first acquisition.Kismatic was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco.

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