MICROSOFT HAS BOUGHT New Zealand based Greenbutton, a company that specialises in enabling applications for the cloud without recoding, in order to bolster its Azure cloud services.
Microsoft will integrate Greenbutton's services into Azure, which Microsoft believes will better serve big data and big compute requirements.
In a blog post, Microsoft said "[Greenbutton] solutions are known in the industry for their ease of use. Using GreenButton's solutions, applications can be cloud-enabled quickly without recoding existing software - and without a PhD in computer science."
In a statement, Greenbutton said, "We are delighted to inform you that Greenbutton has been acquired by Microsoft and is now a part of the Microsoft Azure family of cloud services.
"Now together with Microsoft Azure, our endeavor is to further enable customers to harness near unlimited computing power for batch and high performance computing in the cloud."
It went on to say that the Greenbutton service has been taken off sale to new customers, pending the rollout of the integrated version, which will be available "later in the year".
Microsoft recently rebranded Azure, which previously was known as "Windows Azure". With Windows 8 sales falling, and the name having a certain air of toxicity, distancing Azure from Windows suggests that Microsoft is moving towards emphasising Azure's cross-platform cloud credentials.
"Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world's applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud - from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle," Microsoft said at the time. µ