Software giant Microsoft has struck a definitive agreement to acquire cloud-integrated storage solutions (CiS) firm StorSimple for an undisclosed sum.
The addition of CiS is expected to enhance Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision and help customers adopt hybrid cloud computing more efficiently.
“Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data. But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT’s current investments,” said Michael Park, corporate vice-president, Server and Tools Division for Microsoft.
“StorSimple’s approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management.”
StorSimple solutions combine the data management functions of primary storage, backup, archive and disaster recovery with cloud integration, enabling customers to optimise storage costs, data protection and service agility.
“Most StorSimple customers are mainstream IT organisations that have chosen Windows Azure as their primary cloud,” said Ursheet Parikh, co-founder and CEO, StorSimple.
“We are excited to continue to work with Microsoft and bring the combined benefits of StorSimple and Windows Azure to customers around the world.”