Microsoft Corporation recently acquired Avere Systems. The acquisition is the company’s attempt to lift their services above the closely-competitive Amazon (AWS) and Google (Cloud).
Avere Systems offers cloud options for both Windows and Linux clients. And though the company has only been in business for ten years, they’ve worked with large companies, including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Illumination Mac Guff, Moving Picture Company, the Library of Congress, and Johns Hopkins University. In its short life, the company has surely made its presence known.
With the acquisition, Microsoft looks to diversify their cloud offerings and maintain its stance as the industry’s leader.
How Will Microsoft’s Cloud Services Improve?
On the acquisition, Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure stated, “By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure.”
The integration of Azure with the newly-acquired Avere Systems’ technologies will assumingly mean that a customer’s cloud, storage, and on-premise environments will be managed as though they were one single pool. So companies will now have the ability to have Microsoft as their single go-to for their cloud services.
Microsoft has also been heavily involved with hybrid cloud applications, and will apparently continue to do so. Ron Bianchini, Avere’s CEO wrote in a blog post that Avere “will be joining Microsoft to continue our mission to enable the most demanding enterprise workloads to run in the datacenter, in the cloud, and in hybrid environments.”
Why Microsoft Made the Purchase
The acquisition of Avere was most likely an answer to competitors who continue to bolster their cloud options. This acquisition should lead to the offering of cloud storage for customers based on a variety of reasons, such as file backup, archiving, and disaster recovery.
With Avere’s technologies, companies can use remote storage options while still keeping their data in place. It uses a mix of caching technologies and file systems geared towards companies that use extensive computing workloads, and it allows them to migrate their high-performance applications onto the cloud.
The amount in which Microsoft paid for the acquisition wasn’t announced, but the benefits of this transaction may prove to become invaluable. The company had achieved so much in its short life, and those principles will surely carry over into Microsoft.
How Will This Affect Patchnet?
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