IT Intelligence Bulletin – Microsoft will acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond.

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.

Via a blog post from Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft stated its motivation for this acquirement is because the cloud is providing the foundation for the digital economy, changing how organizations produce, market and monetize their products and services.

Zander writes, “Whether it’s building animations and special effects for the next blockbuster movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases, 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.

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide its customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace. Avere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads.”

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In the media and entertainment industry, Avere has worked with global brands including Sony Pictures Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company (MPC) to decrease production time and lower costs in a world where innovation and time to market is more critical than ever.

High performance computing needs however do not stop there. Customers in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and more are increasingly looking for these types of solutions to help transform their businesses. The Library of Congress, John Hopkins University and Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry, are examples where Avere has helped scale datacenter performance and capacity, and optimize infrastructure placement.

Zander further writes, “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.”

Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems said, “I am excited to announce that Avere Systems will be joining Microsoft to continue our mission to enable the most demanding Enterprise workloads to run in the datacenter, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud environments. Avere’s customers include many of the world’s top brands in media and entertainment, life sciences, technology and finance.”

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