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Microsoft Scouts InMage, adds it to Azure roster

Microsoft today acquired cloud disaster recovery vendor InMage, which it will use as part of its Windows Azure cloud services.

InMage Scout combines continuous data protection backup software with replication to move data off-site and to the cloud for DR.

In a blog announcing the acquisition, Microsoft VP Takeshi Numoto wrote that Scout already lets customers migrate to Azure, but Microsoft will integrate the software more deeply with its cloud. Microsoft will sell Scout through Azure Site Recovery, which supports replication and recovery of an entire site directly Azure.

“This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others,” Numoto wrote. “This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. As VMware customers explore their options to permanently migrate their applications to the cloud, this will also provide a great on-ramp.”

He added that Microsoft will work with managed service providers who sell InMage’s ScoutCloud DR as a service.

It appears that Microsoft’s strategy for InMage technology is similar to the one it has followed with the cloud storage gateways it acquired from StorSimple in 2012. Although StorSimple supported other large public clouds before the acquisition, Microsoft has integrated the gateways more tightly with Azure and now sells them only to customers who have Azure subscriptions.

The InMage acquisition certainly fits into the “cloud-first” strategy Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out for employees Thursday.

InMage had $36 million in venture funding. Microsoft did not disclose the acquisition price.

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