Microsoft Acquires InMage To Expand DR On Azure Cloud


Microsoft has acquired InMage, a developer of cloud-based business continuity technology, as part of a continuing series of moves to add storage-focused value to the Microsoft Azure public cloud.

The acquisition, first unveiled in a Friday blog post by Takeshi Nomuto, Microsoft's corporate vice president of cloud and enterprise marketing, comes at a time when Microsoft is beefing up its cloud storage capabilities via its own technologies and with the help of several strategic partners.

With the acquisition, Microsoft plans to integrate the InMage Scout backup and replication software with Microsoft's Azure Site Recovery service, Nomuto wrote in his blog. The integration actually builds on earlier plans from Microsoft to enable data migration to Azure with InMage Scout, he wrote.

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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," he wrote.

InMage Scout provides application-aware recovery for remote and/or local requirements. The application continuously captures data changes in real time to do local backup or remote replication simultaneously with a single data stream. According to InMage, the result is instantaneous and granular local data recovery along with "push-button application level failovers to remote sites" for disaster recovery.

Inmage also provides ScoutCloud, a technology which allows the deployment of disaster recovery-as-a-service for service providers.

Microsoft's Azure Site Recovery service helps automate the recovery of services if a primary data center goes down, including orchestrating the spinning up of virtual machines to help restore service for multi-tier workloads.

The acquisition makes a lot of sense, said John Woodall, vice president of engineering at Integrated Archive Systems (IAS), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based solution provider and channel partner to both Microsoft and InMage.

"It's smart for Microsoft to enable customers to get more data to the Azure cloud," Woodall told CRN.

The InMage technology will help expand the ability of Microsoft to leverage its Azure cloud for a wider range of data types and applications, Woodall said.

"Imagine having a data center with a mix of Windows, Unix, and Linux data and you want to leverage the Azure Site Recovery Service," he said. "InMage would get data replicated to the cloud on a scheduled basis so you could use the service. It gives real-time data management. It's a mature, proven technology."

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