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Microsoft acquires cloud monitoring startup MetricsHub

Microsoft has announced that it has acquired MetricsHub, a Bellevue, Washington-based cloud monitoring startup.

MetricsHub, which has been an integral part of Microsoft's three-month Accelerator program, is a known provider of automated cloud performance management services. The company has staked its claim by helping customers interpret application data points for evaluating when and how their applications need to be scaled, and then automating the management of their cloud services..

"Cloud solutions are compelling for a variety of reasons -- scale, flexibility, and value -- particularly for companies looking to do more with less," said Microsoft's corporate vice president for strategy and business development.

"To get real value out of those data points you need to automate how your application and cloud platform intelligently respond," he added.

Following its acquisition by the Redmond, Washington-based software giant, MetricsHub announced that its previously paid service will now be made available for free through the Windows Azure Store.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor were details about how MetricsHub will be folded into Microsoft's broader corporate structure.