Microsoft Acquires BlueStripe to Boost Cloud App Management
Microsoft plans to incorporate the hybrid cloud management specialist's tech into System Center and Operations Management Suite.Microsoft snapped up BlueStripe Software, a provider of application management technology, for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced on June 10. The deal will help bolster Microsoft's on-premises and cloud monitoring capabilities, said Mike Neil, general manager of the Redmond, Wash., software giant's Enterprise Cloud division. "BlueStripe's solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacenter and cloud environments," explained Neil. "BlueStripe is commonly used today by customers to extend the value of Microsoft System Center by adding application-aware infrastructure performance monitoring." Businesses are flocking to the cloud, Microsoft's included, as the company's recent spate of rosy financials can attest. Seeking a competitive advantage, corporations are increasingly branching out of their own data centers and adopting hybrid and multicloud infrastructures to process, store and analyze more business data. BlueStripe's technology solves the problem of providing IT managers with visibility into the health and performance of applications running on systems that are nestled in someone else's data center and no longer under their physical control.
"Applications and data are being spread across on-premises datacenters and public, private and hosted clouds" as businesses explore agile cloud development environments and other non-traditional software and service delivery models, noted Neil. "While IT teams may not operate all of the infrastructure where the applications run, they still require visibility and the ability to manage these applications in order to support and protect the business."