Microsoft Acquires Cloud Storage Company StorSimple

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Microsoft Corporation has acquired cloud storage company StorSimple for an undisclosed amount.  StorSimple will be integrated into Microsoft’s cloud operating system initiatives.  StorSimple is a cloud-integrated storage company that has archive and back/up restore support.  StorSimple also has a major focus on disaster recovery.

StorSimple sells a single appliance that delivers tiered storage, live-archiving, data protection, and disaster recovery.  Microsoft said that StorSimple’s CiS product will be integrated into Microsoft’s hybrid cloud-computing.  However Microsoft values the intellectual property around StorSimple the most.

“StorSimple?s differentiation is in their software intellectual property and their talent. While its appliance relies on standard hardware provided by a third party; there are no hardware engineers on its staff,” stated Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Server and Management Michael Park in a statement.  “Microsoft has a long history of partnering with storage OEMs and we believe the acquisition of StorSimple will create new partnering opportunities.”