Microsoft Buys Business-Focused Cloud Provider InMage

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT +0.71%) said Friday it has acquired InMage, a startup that focuses on cloud-connectivity and data recovery for businesses.

"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," Microsoft’s Takeshi Numoto said in a post on the company’s blog.

InMage confirmed the acquisition in a message on its website.

"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," the company wrote.

Microsoft said it is working to integrate InMage’s Scout technology into its Azure site-recovery service. The Scout product already works with Azure for data migration, and InMage said will bring more business capabilities to the Microsoft service.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took over the job from Steve Ballmer five months ago, has been pushing to reshape the giant software company. Mr. Nadella told employees in an email Thursday that the company needs to "rediscover our soul," signaling an emphasis on developing technology to help people improve their lives and businesses run more efficiently.


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