Microsoft Acquires Metanautix to Help Users Analyze All of Their Data
Serious about growing its enterprise analytics business, Microsoft snaps up a startup that specializes in plucking information from various business apps and databases.Microsoft has acquired Metanautix, a Palo Alto, Calif., data analytics startup, for an undisclosed amount, the software giant revealed on Dec. 18. Metanautix's software can pull data from several databases, enabling enterprises to use data from several sources and applications for business analytics and intelligence purposes. Enterprises are growing more adept at capturing information, but capitalizing on all of it remains a challenge, according to Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Data Group. "Companies continue to generate enormous volumes of information and aspire to be more data-driven in their strategies and operations," said Sirosh in a Dec. 18 announcement. "But many struggle to bring together their various sources and siloes of data, and only analyze and use a fraction of all the available information." The acquisition will help Microsoft free that data from its technical constraints in a cost-efficient manner, enabling its enterprise cloud customers to draw business-boosting insights from a variety of IT systems and applications. "With Metanautix technology, IT teams can connect a diversity of their company's information across private and public clouds, without having to go through the costly and complex process of moving data into a centralized system," said Sirosh.
Metanautix casts a wide net for enterprises seeking to connect the dots between information that is typically locked away in several disparate databases. Sirosh added that the technology can "integrate data across traditional data warehouses like SQL Server, Oracle and Teradata; open source NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra; as well as business systems like Salesforce.com and wide array of other cloud and on-premises data stores," continued Sirosh.