3 Jan 2018 Redmond, Pittsburgh - 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. Today, Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in Cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.
The Cloud is providing the foundation for the digital economy, changing how organisations produce, market and monetize their products and services. 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.
Avere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads. 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, Johns Hopkins University and Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry, are great examples where Avere has helped scale data centre performance and capacity, and optimize infrastructure placement.
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.