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Microsoft's hybrid cloud footprint grows with Avere deal

A year or even six months ago, Microsoft buying a cloud technology startup wouldn't be news in the public sector. But as agencies increasingly look toward hybrid cloud solutions, this acquisition is worth noting.

Avere’s technologies are used to enable hybrid cloud environments, mostly with storage solutions that work with on-premises as well as cloud-based storage. The technologies are also used for cloud accessibility, cloud migration, data center consolidation, data analytics, caching and storage performance optimization.

Hybrid has become the "de facto" cloud environment because agencies will not put everything in the cloud or even into a single cloud. Many systems will be kept in-house, and some will reside with different cloud provider infrastructures. And agencies must able to move from one infrastructure to another seamlessly.

That’s how it is in the commercial world and that’s how it will be in the government market.

Avere also isn’t a stranger to the government. It is an Amazon Web Services partner on AWS' government community cloud. Avere is available on several GWAC contracts through partnerships with prime contractors, according to its website.

The company storage solution also is FIPS 140-2 compliant.

For Microsoft, the investment in Avere shows its continued commitment to enable hybrid cloud solutions.

The company in particular is targeting high-performance cloud workloads, according to a blog post by Microsoft Azure Corporate Vice President Jason Zander.

“The need for high-performance storage and the flexibility to store and process data where it makes the most sense for the business is critically important,” he wrote.

This will play well in the government market, where agencies are increasingly looking for ways to leverage big data analytics and other solutions that require a lot of computing power.

It will also be interesting to see what happens to Avere’s partnership with AWS, given its rivalry with Microsoft. But that will play out in time.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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