Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to bolster its cloud strategy

By Jonathan Dyble
Microsoft announced that it has acquired data storage startup Avere Systems, part of the tech giant’s attempts to strengthen and diversify its cloud o...

Microsoft announced that it has acquired data storage startup Avere Systems, part of the tech giant’s attempts to strengthen and diversify its cloud offerings in the face of growing competition.

Avere Systems offers high performance NFS and SMB file-based storage hardware for both Windows and Linux clients, with the company's technology allowing firms to both optimise on premises resources and move workloads to the cloud.

This enables Avere’s customers to quickly and efficiently share resources across multiple data centres, both private and public.

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“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,” said Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure.

Avere is an established industry name, having previously worked with leading entertainment brands including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company.

Further, Avere has worked with both the Library of Congress and John Hopkins University, aiding their datacentre performance and cloud infrastructure.

“Over the years, Microsoft has made significant investments to provide its customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace and has made Azure the natural home for enterprise applications,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO, Avere Systems.

“This shared focus on large Enterprise applications makes Microsoft a great fit for Avere.”

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