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By purchasing the business continuity company, Microsoft can merge InMage’s data recovery technology into its own Azure Site Recovery service that allows for folks to migrate on-premise data to the Azure cloud in case disaster strikes.

As it continues to push the hybrid cloud, Microsoft announced Friday that it has acquired business continuity specialist InMage and plans to merge InMage’s backup recovery technology into its own Azure Site Recovery service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Business continuity is pretty much a fancy term for ensuring that an organization’s operations and mission-critical data won’t break down due to some sort of emergency. In case disaster strikes, business continuity done right will supposedly make certain that operations can quickly come back online and the important data can be recovered.

Details of the acquisition were explained in a Microsoft blog post:

This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others. This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world.

In May at Microsoft’s annual TechEd conference, the Redmond-based giant made it very clear that it wants the hybrid cloud model to take off, and its announcement of the Azure Site Recovery service, a rejiggered update to the Hyper-V Recovery Manager, during the conference was one way that could help the company’s cloud plans.

As Microsoft’s corporate vice president of cloud and enterprise Brad Anderson explained at the time, if a user were to experience some sort of operations disaster, the Azure Site Recovery service will supposedly allow that user to clone his or her on-premise data center virtual machines and load them up to the Azure cloud fast enough so that the VMs hosted on Azure can take over the operational duties.

Microsoft plans to use InMage’s Scout technology as a way to perform data migration to Azure, it said Friday. Current InMage customers will still be able to use InMage’s services, InMage said in a statement on its website.

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