Microsoft, Palo Alto and Commvault make acquisitions

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Microsoft, Palo Alto and Commvault make acquisitions

Just as Australia unofficially resumes real work once Australia Day passes, the USA gets back to business after the Labor Day weekend at the end of August.

Which might explain why Microsoft, Palo Alto and Commvault  all announced acquisitions overnight.

Microsoft has bought Movere, a cloud migration specialist that delivers technology intended to ease adoption of public cloud. Movere offers cloud-based software that discovers servers and devices across heterogenous environments and provides cloud-readiness assessments in advance of planning and optimising migrations to Azure Cloud or Amazon Web Services.

The company is one of a handful of launch partners for a recently introduced AWS competency validating the ability of ISVs to migrate Microsoft workloads to its largest public cloud rival.

"We’re committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive experience for migrating existing applications and infrastructure to Azure, which include the right tools, processes, and programs," wrote Jeremy Winter, partner director for Azure Management, in a Microsoft blog post.

"As part of that ongoing investment, we’re excited to welcome the leadership, talent, technology, and deep expertise Movere has built in enabling customers’ journey to the cloud over the last 11 years," Winter said.

Palo Alto and Zingbox

Palo Alto Networks reckons it will become the only vendor capable of delivering IoT security as an integrated service through the firewall following its planned acquisition of Zingbox, said Chief Product Officer Lee Klarich.

The platform security vendor said firms have until now been stuck with the operational burden of finding a best-of-breed IoT security tool and attempting to deploy it throughout their network, Klarich said. But the proposed US$75 million purchase of Zingbox means that customers will now be able to get a relevant and important security service without any additional hardware required.

"This is a very powerful approach we're able to take by delivering this as an integrated service," Klarich said.

IoT security is very much a growing issue in the enterprise, Klarich said, with hackers using IoT devices as both initial insertion points as well as to move laterally across networks. In fact, Klarich said even fish tanks have been used to break into enterprises and move laterally.

Devices with IoT capabilities have become ubiquitous across the enterprise, Klarich said, with about three different IoT-enabled devices in the organisation for every employee on the payroll. These devices are often unpatched and unmanaged, Klarich said, even though by definition they have to be connected.

"Every single one of our 65,000 customers has a growing IoT security need," Klarich said.

CommVault and Hedvig

Commvault's purchase is Hedvig, a developer of a software-defined distributed storage offering combining block, file, and object storage.

The acquisition is valued at US$225 million including the purchase price and on-going employee retention.

It brings Commvault the software-defined storage technology it needs to better manage data that is becoming more fragmented over different types of media even as clients look for ways to combing their primary and secondary storage requirements in a single platform, said Don Foster, vice president of storage solutions for the company.

"This lets us accelerate our vision of software-defined storage as we see the data management path getting more consolidated," Foster told CRN USA. "Customers are requesting their data protected more frequently. They're looking at how their data is protected for compliance. And they want to ensure access to where the data is protected."

Hedvig is a developer of software-defined storage for accelerating business' ability to migrate apps to the cloud. The company's Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor, and container environments.  

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform fits well with Commvault's data management platform, said Rajiv Kottomtharayil, chief product officer at Commvault.

"Both companies have policies for managing data," Kottomtharayil told CRN USA. "The acquisition allows us to provide a unified look at how primary and secondary data is managed."

Prior to the acquisition, Commvault had a relatively small touch on the primary storage side of the business with its Commvault Activate technology for crawling structured and unstructured data sources to gain context from data and prepare it for further data protection and governance, Foster said.

Hedvig was founded because there was no real solution for managing data using a standardized infrastructure similar to how it was done by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Azure, said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig.

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