Three months after closing its StorSimple acquisition, Microsoft is still keeping its roadmap plans under wraps. The only sign of StorSimple integration so far is what Microsoft calls ASAP – the Azure storage acceleration program.
ASAP is a quick and easy way to purchase cloud storage using StorSimple’s controllers and the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud service. Customers can buy a StorSimple iSCSI storage controller with 50 TB or 100 TB of capacity provisioned to move data to the Azure cloud for a hybrid setup using on-premise and cloud storage. That means the purchase and provisioning are handled in one step instead of a customer having to engage StorSimple and a cloud provider separately.
Mark Weiner, a StorSimple executive and now a director of product marketing for Microsoft storage, said purchasing through ASAP lowers the cost of storage capacity by at least 60% versus traditional storage infrastructure.
Weiner said biggest change since the acquisition is StorSimple’s product has gone global under Microsoft. Before the sale, it was U.S.-focused. When asked if StorSimple still worked with other cloud providers, he said, “technically, there’s no reason why we can’t. But obviously we are focused on a joint solution with Azure, either purchased on ASAP or purchased separately.”
Weiner assures us that StorSimple is expanding and improving its technology under Microsoft, and Microsoft sees cloud storage as a big growth area.
“You will see a lot of ongoing innovation from StorSimple as part of Microsoft,” he said. “I still see my engineering colleagues late in the office, there’s no slowing down.”