Microsoft will acquire cloud storage firm StorSimple

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire cloud storage solutions provider StorSimple. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

StorSimple creates cloud-integrated storage (CiS) solutions that help businesses connect existing on-premise storage with public cloud services, like Microsoft Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Storage, and Rackspace. Microsoft said the acquisition furthers its cloud OS strategy and will help its customers make better use of hybrid cloud computing.

"Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data," Michael Park, corporate vice president of Microsoft's server and tools division, said in a statement. "But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT's current investments."

CiS is an emerging category of storage solutions that can reduce the cost of backup and disaster recovery, as well as speed up these tasks by consolidating data management between on-premise and cloud environments, according to Microsoft.

StorSimple's customers include nonprofits, government agencies, and large enterprises across a number of verticals like retail, oil and gas, manufacturing, consumer goods, healthcare, and financial services.

"Most StorSimple customers are mainstream IT organisations that have chosen Windows Azure as their primary cloud," Ursheet Parikh, co-founder and CEO of StorSimple, said in a statement. "We are excited to continue to work with Microsoft and bring the combined benefits of StorSimple and Windows Azure to customers around the world."

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service made headlines earlier this year after suffering an outage, related to the 29 February. The company issued refunds to customers following the incident, regardless of whether their service was impacted.

Microsoft is making a big push on cloud services with the launch of Windows 8. In a recent note, CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders that the new OS will help Microsoft with the goal of firmly establishing one platform - Windows - across the PC, tablet, phone, server and cloud.