Microsoft has announced a deal to acquire cloud storage firm StorSimple seeking to build on its Azure and Cloud OS hybrid operating system initiative.
While Microsoft did not provide exact details on its integration plans, the company said that the StorSimple platforms would be paired with the companies Windows Azure lineup and could be used to offer enterprise data storage, backup and recovery services.
"Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data. But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT's current investments," said Microsoft corporate vice president for servers and tools Michael Park.
"StorSimple's approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management."
Terms of the deal for the privately-held firm were not disclosed.
While the Redmond giant has been criticised by analysts for being slow to realise the value of cloud platforms and services enterprises, Microsoft has made a heavy push into the space in recent years with Windows Azure and its Cloud OS vision.
The company has been expanding the platform as part of an aggressive play to make up ground in the cloud space and challenge traditional heavyweight players such as Amazon.
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