Microsoft Buys StorSimple

Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s going to buy privately held StorSimple and its Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions to advance its Cloud OS vision and help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing more efficiently.
It did not say what it’s paying.
As a gauge, the start-up raised at least $31.5 million in VC funding from such companies as Ignition, a retreat of ex-Microsofties.
StorSimple is a partner of Microsoft’s and its widgetry works with Windows.
It integrates cloud storage for on-premises applications and offers a single appliance delivering high-performance tiered local and cloud storage, live archiving, cloud-based data protection and disaster recovery.
Ironically, it also supports VMware and OpenStack, the latter by integrating with Rackspace’s underlying Cloud Files.

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