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Microsoft Azure Boosts HPC Cloud Capabilities with GreenButton Acquisition

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Microsoft is acquiring New Zealand-based cloud startup GreenButton, the company announced Thursday in a blog post. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

According to GreenButton’s website, it provides cloud solutions for compute-intensive applications. Its flagship product, called GreenButton Cloud Fabric, is designed for Enterprises and Software Vendors to access unlimited cloud computing power. Its customers include enterprises in the engineering, finance, digital media, oil and gas, biotech, government and aviation sectors.

Microsoft Azure will integrate GreenButton’s solutions and SDK with its cloud platform, enabling more capabilties around big data and big compute.

“With this acquisition, we are looking forward to democratizing the use Big Compute through the power of the cloud, so that organizations from all walks of life can use their data to transform their business and the world,” Mike Neil, general manager, Windows Azure said.

The existing GreenButton service will no longer be available to new customers, Microsoft said.

Microsoft Azure has a previous relationship with GreenButton, investing $1 million in the company in 2011. GreenButton is also an existing Azure partner. In January, Microsoft Azure introduced two new compute intensive VM sizes for cloud services, and GreenButton was quoted in the announcement, using Azure for a number of its applications that “perform superbly in Microsoft’s new HPC capability in Windows Azure.”

GreenButton has offices in San Jose, Seattle and Wellington, New Zealand. GreenButton’s team will stay in New Zealand, but will join the Big Compute Windows Azure team.

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