InMage now InMicrosoft: Redmond slurps disaster recovery hardware biz

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Microsoft has made another acquisition that lets it sit Azure-friendly data-protection gear inside customers' server warehouses.

Just days after telling its partners that it is preparing to sell StorSimple storage gear that comes pre-loaded with software built for its Azure cloud, Microsoft on Friday announced it had acquired disaster recovery expert InMage.

The biz makes the InMage-4000 appliance, and other hardware, and software such as Scout and ScoutCloud to help organizations protect and recover their oh-so-valuable data.

By acquiring the company, Microsoft has gained another way to potentially use its huge on-premises software install base against cloud big kahuna Amazon Web Services.

"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," InMage wrote on its website.

InMage says it is working to add its tech into the Azure Site Recovery service. "Our Scout product already works with Azure today for data migration and we are looking forward to bringing more business continuity capabilities into Azure as we move forward," the statement on the site explained.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ®

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