Microsoft has acquired an application management software company called BlueStripe Software that it said will improve customers' control and understanding of the software they use.
Microsoft described BlueStripe as a "leading provider" of application management tools used to boost the capabilities and use of Microsoft System Centre.
Great day today welcoming BlueStripe to the Microsoft family! http://t.co/JhIvAbpbUu— Chris Van Wesep (@ChrisVanWesep) June 11, 2015
"More and more, businesses are turning to applications to drive innovation and gain competitive advantage," said Mike Neil, general manager for enterprise cloud at Microsoft.
"To support this explosion of applications, agile cloud development environments and more componentised architectures and micro-services are growing exponentially.
"Applications and data are being spread across on-premise data centres and private and hosted clouds as a result.
"While IT teams may not operate all the infrastructure where the applications run, they still require visibility and the ability to manage these applications in order to support and protect the business."
Neil explained that Microsoft is in the process of bringing the BlueStripe business and its people into the Redmond fold, and that the firm will stop selling the current solutions.
He stressed that BlueStripe will continue to support existing customers and installations while Microsoft works on integrating the software into its own management products.
Financial details were not disclosed.
BlueStripe described itself as "thrilled" with the arrangement, and thanked its customers. The firm is now looking to the future.
"We have worked with Microsoft for years. They've been a great customer, a technology supporter and IT management partner," the company said in a statement.
"Going forward, you will see BlueStripe's technology play an even more important role as new data centre and cloud solutions come to market. We are thrilled with the opportunity to be part of the next wave of IT innovation."
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