October 16, 2012 – Microsoft Corp. announced it has reached a definitive agreement to buy cloud storage integration vendor StorSimple.

Microsoft noted that it would add StorSimple’s cloud-integrated storage offerings to its cloud operating system “vision” to increase fluid connections between on-site storage and cloud environments. In a release and accompanying video on the proposed deal, Microsoft Server and Tools Division VP Michael Park stated that Microsoft is particularly interested in StorSimple’s capabilities for integration with hybrid environments.

“Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data. But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT’s current investments,” said Park.

StorSimple leaders stated that “most” of its customers’ IT departments have chosen Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud as their primary deployed storage, though did not elaborate on that number.

Microsoft has pumped up Azure over the last year, with increased attention ranging from CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote speeches and TV ad campaigns, to a new media resource and compatibility with the next release of Office.

StorSimple was founded in 2009 and has been a leader in Microsoft Windows cloud storage certification, along with holding cloud partnerships with other vendors like HP, Amazon and Rackspace. Customers include BMC Software and the film industry leader The Sundance Institute. Founder and CEO Ursheet Parikh previously led product management for Cisco’s WAN business unit as well as other data center and virtualization startups.

The proposed deal is subject to closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.