The acquisition of InMage is one of several moves by Microsoft during this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference to bring more data to the Azure cloud.
NetApp on Monday unveiled a new solution for extending on-premise data directly to the Microsoft Azure public cloud via Microsoft's Azure ExpressRoute technology as part of a seamless hybrid cloud environment, whether that data sits on stand-alone NetApp hardware or on the FlexPod NetApp-Cisco joint-venture reference architecture.
EMC on Tuesday unveiled a similar relationship with Microsoft as well.
This week also saw Cisco and Microsoft ink a three-year agreement to drive integration between their cloud and data center technologies, including Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching line and Microsoft's Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft last week updated its StorSimple appliance-based data protection service for its Azure public cloud with a virtual appliance that can be used to add value to data in the cloud, as well as a higher-capacity, on-premise appliance with standby virtual machines for disaster recovery.
Microsoft did not provide terms for the acquisition, and did not respond to a request for further information.