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Microsoft Acquires Avere, Edge & Hybrid Cloud Pioneer

Jan 4, 2018
by Josh Anderson

PITTSBURGH, PA & REDMOND, WA — Microsoft has announced that it will acquire Avere Systems, an U.S.-based developer of distributed storage systems for hybrid cloud environments & leading pioneer in edge computing, for an undisclosed sum. The Avere workforce will be integrated into that of Microsoft, but they will remain in their Pittsburgh offices. The deal is expected to close in next few months, subject to customary processes.

Avere is perhaps most well-known for its data caching technology and Avere OS, a distributed file system. Azure’s infrastructure stack will now include Avere’s  Edge Filer technology, a massive all-flash massive cache for networked storage pools that moves data around while ensuring that up to 98 percent of read/write requests are flash-served. Avere’s customers include Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. This news follows a long string of good news for Avere, who recently posted an $86 million investment coming from the likes of Western Digital, Lightspeed Ventures, Tenaya Capital, Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners.

“Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide our customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace,” said Microsoft Azure’s Corporate Vice-President Jason Zander in a blogpost. “I am pleased to share that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.”

“By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience,” continued Zander.

“Over the years, Microsoft has made significant investments to provide its customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace and has made Azure the natural home for enterprise applications. This shared focus on large Enterprise applications makes Microsoft a great fit for Avere,” said Ron Bianchi, President and CEO at Avere, in a blogpost of his own. “Avere and Microsoft both recognize that there are many ways for Enterprises to leverage data center resources and the cloud. Our shared vision is to continue our focus on all of Avere’s use cases – in the datacenter, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud storage and cloud bursting environments. Tighter integration with Azure will result in a much more seamless experience for our customers.”

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