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Microsoft Buying Cloud Optimization Startup Cloudyn

Microsoft today announced an agreement to acquire Cloudyn, a provider of public cloud monitoring services for enterprises, managed service providers and cloud solution providers.

Cloudyn claims that its services monitor "over 15 percent of total global cloud spend," generating information about public clouds in terms of use, cost and performance, according to its datasheet publications. Users get dashboard views of various cloud services, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, OpenStack and Microsoft Azure. Cloudyn also offers a service for monitoring Docker Container use.

Cloudyn has its headquarters in Acton, Mass. with offices in New York and Israel. The privately held company was founded in 2011. Investors include Carmel Ventures, Infosys, RDSeed and Titanium Investments.

Microsoft's plans for the Cloudyn acquisition aren't wholly clear, but completion of the deal still requires getting regulatory approvals. A report by Seeking Alpha suggested that the deal is rumored to be valued between $50 million and $70 million, although price details weren't announced.

Microsoft plans to add Cloudyn's services to its products, but those details weren't explained.

"Cloudyn capabilities will be incorporated into our product portfolio that offers customers the industry's broadest set of cloud management, security and governance solutions," stated Jeremy Winter, director of program management for Microsoft Azure security and operations management, in Microsoft's announcement.

The Microsoft Operations Management Suite, a multicloud management solution, possibly could be a candidate. However, a spokesperson for Microsoft refused to confirm which product portfolio would get Cloudyn technology.

It's also not clear what will happen to Cloudyn's current customers. A blog post today by Sharon Wagner, Cloudyn's CEO, simply thanked those customers without describing how they might be affected by the transition.

A Microsoft spokesperson, though, indicated that the integrated services would continue to support multiple clouds, "including AWS."

Cloudyn's main product CloudynDex is used by enterprises as benchmark for tracking public cloud use. Users get a performance index that compares their use of cloud services with the stats of other companies. CloudynDex also provides recommendations to organizations on how they can improve their cloud services use.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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