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This week's acquisition of three small cloud storage providers in a single week is a solid sign that the cloud storage market is finally starting to mature.
However, while this week's three acquisitions help consolidate an industry that is characterized by a multitude of small companies, their rational varies in each case, showing that the industry still has a way to go before becoming fully mature.
The biggest was Microsoft's planned acquisition of StorSimple, a developer of hybrid local and hybrid cloud storage technology for Windows platforms.
It was followed this week by Persistent Systems' acquisition of the cloud platform business Doyenz, which focuses on disaster recovery-as-a-service, and by Carbonite's planned acquisition of Zmanda, the commercial provider of the Amanda open-source cloud backup technology.
While Microsoft has yet to unveil its plans for Santa Clara, Calif.-based StorSimple's technology other than to call it a way to expand its cloud technology and help its customers better take advantage of hybrid cloud computing, it could be used to provide a cloud storage gateway using Microsoft's Azure cloud on the back end. Such a move, however, would mean competing with other cloud storage gateway providers that might use Azure as the back-end storage.
Other speculation about Microsoft's rationale for acquiring StorSimple revolve around the need for a better way to take advantage of Azure as a means for improving ease-of-use with Microsoft's SharePoint application.
For Persistent Systems, a Pune, India-based provider of software and technology services that drives the majority of its business to the U.S. market through its Santa Clara, Calif., office, Doyenz represents a chance for a huge expansion of its managed services business.
Nara Rajagopalan, chief product officer at Persistent, said the company over 20 years has built a business providing technology, engineering consulting and development services to a variety of verticals, and it has also been building a managed services business.
Doyenz is Persistent's third acquisition so far this year in terms of IP-led services, after getting the mobile location service of Openwave and the outsourced product development service division of Infospectrum, Rajagopalan said.