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@Microsoft Acquires InMage, Brings Business Continuity to #Azure

Microsoft plans on bolstering Azure as a hub for business continuity services with its latest acquisition of InMage (for an undisclosed sum), a provider of on premise and cloud-based disaster recovery technologies.

InMage's flagship product, Scout, continuously captures changes in data in real-time to help enterprises immediately recover data to local systems or fail-over to remote sites.  Microsoft plans to integrate that product with the Azure Site Recovery service.

Azure Site Recovery, formerly called Hyper-V Recovery Manager (and introduced only a month ago), is designed as a cloud-based alternative to enterprises building and maintaining their own remote sites for disaster recovery.  The technology automates taking the on-premises VMs and replicating them to a second location for protection and failover.

"This is a great move to meet important customer needs with the cloud as a target for disaster recovery," says IDC vice president Laura DuBois. "InMage has distinguished itself in a poorly understood and under served market."

According to Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft:

"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. 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 onramp.

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With the completion of this acquisition, we are now working to integrate the InMage Scout technology into our Azure Site Recovery service in order to give customers a simple, cost-effective way to ensure business continuity with the power and scale of the Azure global cloud. The company already announced its plan to enable data migration to Azure with Scout. Existing customers can continue to use the InMage products and services they trust and, moving forward, customers will acquire Scout through Azure Site Recovery. We will also continue to work with InMage service provider partners, as well as new partners, to give our mutual customers a range of solution options."

In an official statement on the InMage corporate website, the company stated, "We have always been focused on providing innovative on-premises and cloud-based business continuity solutions to our customers and partners. Now, as part of the Microsoft family, we have the amazing opportunity to accelerate our innovation and provide even greater value with cloud-connected solutions based on Microsoft Azure."

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 6:41 PM by David Marshall
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