Microsoft announced plans to buy a startup data center storage company — a move that represents a strike at archrival Google.

The software giant is planning to buy Avere Systems, a Pittsburgh-based provider of data center storage software and hardware. Avere’s products make it easier for companies to share their storehouses of data between their own servers and massive cloud computing platforms like Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. The company’s customers include the Library of Congress and “Despicable Me” animation studio Illumination Mac Guff.

Microsoft cloud customers will benefit from the tie-up, because it will allow them to run “the largest, most complex high-performance workloads” in Azure, Microsoft said in a blog post.

“We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience,” Microsoft said.

The companies did not disclose the terms of the agreement or when they expect it to close.

Source: Business Insider