Here comes the first acquisition announcement from Microsoft in 2018. The technology giant is acquiring Avere Systems, the data storage and data management infrastructure provider already working with brands like Sony, MPC and Mac Guff.
Avere provides network file system and caching technologies, which accelerates the access to compute and storage across cloud, hybrid, and on-premises environments. It can help the customers with heavy workloads to reduce the production time, and cut the costs.
Microsoft said that customers in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and more are looking for these solutions to transform their business.
“Avere and Microsoft both recognize that there are many ways for Enterprises to leverage data center resources and the cloud. Our shared vision is to continue our focus on all of Avere’s use cases – in the datacenter, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud storage and cloud bursting environments,” said Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems. “Tighter integration with Azure will result in a much more seamless experience for our customers.”
The partnership will combine the storage expertise of Avere with Microsoft’s cloud, which can help the customers to run large and complex workloads in Azure. It will also help them to scale datacenter performance and capacity, and optimize the infrastructure placement.
“We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience,” wrote Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft in the acquisition blog post.
No financial values of the deal were disclosed.