Microsoft Acquires Metanautix To Build The 'Intelligent Cloud'

  • Microsoft recently acquired Metanautix, a company specialized in data management for business analytics.
  • The Metanautix solution brings all enterprise data together for integrated processing and business analysis.
  • Analytics is an important part of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and the Metanautix acquisition fits perfectly within Microsoft's "intelligent cloud" strategy.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has acquired Metanautix, a company specialized in data management for business analytics.

In a Microsoft communication, Microsoft Corporate VP Joseph Sirosh describes Metanautix as "an innovative company that is helping solve one of the biggest challenges in the world of data analytics: How can a company bring all of its data together for analytics to gain powerful insights, discover new opportunities and drive growth through intelligent automation?"

Microsoft is betting big on cloud computing and cloud services for the enterprise, which is a key part of the Microsoft's strategy. In September, Microsoft acquired Adallom, an Israeli cloud security company focused on enhancing data security as enterprise data and processes migrate to the cloud. In November 2014, the Redmond giant bought another Israel-based cyber-security company, Aorato, which developed software to monitors access to central communication components in enterprise IT systems.

The Metanautix technology is designed for data-intensive business analytics and seems an ideal complement for the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. "Metanautix started out with the vision to integrate the data supply chain by building the Quest data compute engine that enables scalable SQL access to any data," said Metanautix co-founder and CEO Theo Vassilakis in a Metanautix blog post. "Three years in, we can take this work to the next level by joining forces with Microsoft. We look forward to being part of Microsoft’s important efforts with Azure and SQL Server to give enterprise customers a unified view of all of their data across cloud and on-premises systems."

Sirosh added that, with Metanautix technology, companies can connect their data across private and public clouds, without having to go through the costly and complex process of moving data into a centralized system. The Metanautix solution can integrate data across traditional data warehouses like SQL Server, Oracle and Teradata; open source NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra; as well as business systems like Salesforce and wide array of other cloud and on-premises data stores. "Key to Metanautix’ approach is making a wide variety of data query-able by SQL, the most widely used data query language - at speed and high scale," said Sirosh.

In fact, many companies wish to adopt data-driven strategies and operations, but struggle to bring together all their data from several independent data storage and management facilities for integrated processing and business analysys. As a result, these companies only analyze and use a fraction of their data, which is what Microsoft wants to change.

Forbes notes that Microsoft intends to integrate Metanautix technology with its own data management and analytics platform, and the Metanautix engine will become part of SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite. "As someone who has led complex, large scale data warehousing projects myself, I am extremely excited about the technology and talent we are bringing to Microsoft with this acquisition," said Sirosh. "It is another important part of our ongoing efforts to build the intelligent cloud and help our customers fully realize the value of their data."

The Motley Fool notes that Microsoft introduced its Microsoft Analytics Platform System in April 2014, a turnkey appliance for big data analytics, and continues to build up its data analytics capabilities. The Metanautix acquisition fits perfectly within this strategy. Analytics is an important part of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, so the company needs to continue developing its offerings.

Microsoft has an integrated approach and value proposition to persuade its enterprise customers to migrate to the cloud, with an increasing range of business critical options from enhanced security to business analytics and the intelligent cloud. It seems likely that Microsoft's cloud initiative will be successful, and Microsoft's stock will soar as a result.

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