Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to boost HPC efforts

Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to boost HPC efforts

Avere's products make it easier for companies to share their storehouses of data between their own servers and massive cloud computing platforms like Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure.

Avere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads.

Avere provides NFS and SMB file storage for Windows and Linux clients running in the cloud, hybrid, and on-premises environments.

Avere was founded in 2008 as a company that focused on the data center with its FXT Core Filers that used flash to accelerate network-attached storage (NAS) performance on disk systems. With the added storage expertise of Avere and the powerful Microsoft cloud, customers would benefit from innovations that allow the most complex, large high-performance workloads to run seamlessly on Azure.

Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems. Avere's customers include numerous world's top brands in media and entertainment, life sciences, technology and finance.

The company has also attracted the attention of Microsoft's cloud rivals - most notably Google, which invested in Avere's $14 million Series E funding round in March past year. The company has announced its intent to acquire Avere Systems, a company behind solutions that low-latency data access in the cloud.

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Meltdown is a particular problem for the cloud computing services run by the likes of Amazon , Google , and Microsoft . That is, they start working on what they expect should be the next task, discarding the result if they guessed wrong.

Avere offers tools for working with Microsoft's top two cloud competitors, Amazon Web Services and the Google Cloud Platform.

None of this would have been possible without the trust and confidence of our fantastic customers, nor without the hard work, loyalty and dedication of the Avere employees and their families.

"We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience", Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Azure at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

Avere customers cited by Microsoft include Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Library of Congress, and John Hopkins University, spanning industries including media/entertainment, life sciences, education, oil/gas, financial services, and manufacturing.

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to offer flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions for enterprise organizations. "Avere's customers include numerous world's top brands in media and entertainment, life sciences, technology and finance" commented Ronald Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere in a blog post on the Avere website.

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