Friday, June 12, 2015

Microsoft Acquires BlueStripe Software, Boosting Cloud Portfolio

Microsoft has acquired BlueStripe Software, a provider of infrastructure monitoring solutions for applications distributed across multiple datacenters and cloud platforms. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Microsoft said the deal would bolster the company's on-premises and cloud monitoring capabilities. The two companies have worked together closely over the years and BlueStripe's solutions are often used to extend Microsoft System Centre offerings.

Mike Neil, general manager of Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud division, said in a statement that: "BlueStripe's solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacenter and cloud environments," and added this: "BlueStripe is commonly used today by customers to extend the value of Microsoft System Center by adding application-aware infrastructure performance monitoring." 

Launched in 2007, BlueStripe provides a product that lets enterprises watch their applications even as those applications live in multiple places. It's software is used to map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and cloud platforms. The company's main product, FactFinder, is the first performance management tool to monitor transaction and applications together with the underlying infrastructure, providing detailed information about an app. 

Microsoft plans to make BlueStripe's technology part of the company's own family of management products, which also include Microsoft System Center and the recently launched Operations Management Suite. In addition, Microsoft also plans to stop selling BlueStripe's existing solution.

Before the acquisition, BlueStripe Software has raised $13.5 million in three financing rounds from two investors. BlueStripe's last fundraise totaled $8 million in 2009, and in July it took on $525,000 in debt financing. 

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