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Microsoft Acquiring Cloud-integrated Storage Provider StorSimple

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Microsoft said on Tuesday that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solution provider StorSimple. The latter company's solution combines the data management functions of primary storage, backup, archive and disaster recovery with cloud integration. This complete package enables customers to optimize storage costs, data protection and service agility.

"CiS is a rapidly emerging category of storage solutions that consolidate the management of primary data, backup disaster recovery and archival data, and deliver seamless integration between on-premise and cloud environments," said Michael Park, Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools Division, Microsoft. "This seamless integration and orchestration enables new levels of speed, simplicity and reliability for backup and disaster recovery (DR) while reducing costs for both primary data and data protection."

Microsoft stated in a press release on Tuesday that the addition of CiS will not only advance its own Cloud OS vision, but will help its customers embrace hybrid cloud computing. StorSimple’s approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management.

"You may have heard us talk about the 'Cloud OS' over the last few months - the Cloud OS is our vision to deliver a consistent, intelligent and automated platform of compute, network and storage across a company’s datacenter, a service provider’s datacenter and the Windows Azure public cloud," Park said. "With Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure at its core, and System Center 2012 providing automation, orchestration and management capabilities, the Cloud OS helps customers transform their data centers for the future."

"StorSimple’s approach of seamless integration of on-premises storage with cloud storage is clearly aligned with our Cloud OS vision," he added.

Meanwhile, StorSimple is thrilled about the acquisition as well as investors Ignition Partners, Index Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Redpoint Venture. The company looks forward to the "scale and business agility" that will be delivered to its customers and partners thanks to the Microsoft acquisition.

"Looking back over the last three and half years, after long nights and days of innovation, and early customer deployments followed by mainstream enterprise adoption, it became clear that the combination of StorSimple and Windows Azure delivers a best in class cloud-integrated storage solution that enables customers to use public cloud services as a seamless extension of their IT infrastructure," StorSimple said in a blog. "The result is that a wide range of customers from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies have adopted this solution at an amazing rate."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.