This is actually pretty big news. Today Microsoft has announced that is acquiring heterogeneous monitoring and troubleshooting solutions maker BlueStripe.
I've spent some time with BlueStripe over the past few years, periodically sitting through demos and meetings showing the evolution of the company's products. I've always been more than impressed. We had planned to schedule another catch-up shortly after Microsoft Ignite but that never coalesced, and now I can see why.
I last wrote about BlueStripe in September of last year, highlighting how the company's FactFinder solution could help spur migrations away from Windows Server 2003 before the old product expired (expires next month, on July 15).
At its core, BlueStripe is a provider of management and monitoring solutions, with integrations into Microsoft System Center. Using Live Dashboards, Maps, and Monitoring, BlueStripe solutions can be integrated into Operations Manager, Orchestrator, and Service Manager to make the products better and more full-featured. In addition to the System Center integration, BlueStripe can also enable end-to-end monitoring and management for the various Cloud providers, like Azure, AWS, Rackspace, and others.
Microsoft has this to say about the acquisition…
Today's acquisition is another proof point for our continued commitment to providing leading hybrid cloud solutions for our customers, and gives IT even more hybrid cloud flexibility to focus on what matters most – rapidly delivering business value to drive innovation. We will discontinue selling the BlueStripe solutions in the near term while we work on incorporating them into the Microsoft cloud products, such as our Operations Management Suite. However, we will continue to support existing customers during this time.
The amount of the acquisition deal has not been disclosed.