Microsoft buys cloud company InMage to boost business recovery options

Microsoft has bought InMage for its cloud recovery offering

Microsoft has acquired cloud-based data recovery company InMage and promised to bring its business continuity features to Azure. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft announced its purchase in a blog post, explaining that business continuity is an oft-quoted need of its customers, and that InMage offers an innovative solution that should not break budgets.

Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise marketing, Microsoft, said: “Our customers tell us that business continuity – the ability to back up, replicate and quickly recover data and applications in case of a system failure – is incredibly important. After all, revenue, supply chains, customer loyalty, employee productivity and more are on the line. It’s also very complicated and expensive to do.

“CIOs consistently rank business continuity as a top priority, but often don’t have the budgets or time to do it right.”

Numoto said that InMage’s Scout tools, which include ScoutCloud, would be moved into Azure Site Recovery. InMage describes Scout as an easy-to-use disk-based data protection tool that collects data as it occurs. The data is backed up to an appliance or the cloud for swift and easy recovery. Numoto said that this is the sort of thing business users want.

“Enterprise customers are looking for the best, most valuable ways to take advantage of the cloud. Business continuity is often a great place to start, which is why we are very focused on delivering strong solutions in this area for our customers,” he added.

“It is a key element of our continued effort to deliver a consistent hybrid platform and a broad range of services that connect customer, partner and Microsoft clouds.” The deal will let Microsoft increase its appeal to enterprises that run a variety of platforms.

“This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualised on Hyper-V, VMware or others,” he added. “This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world.”

The deal comes a day after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced his vision for the company, with a promise that acquisitions, mergers and a new corporate culture were all part of his desire to keep Microsoft moving forward.

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