Microsoft has announced (finally) that it has acquired Adallom, a cloud security platform. The amount they company paid was not disclosed. There were rumors about two months ago that the first negotiations brought up a potential $320 million deal between the two internet giants.
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Adallom's software is primarily used for monitoring services that are based on the cloud, like Dropbox, Amazon Web Service (AWS), Google Aps, Box, and Salesforce. The software takes stock of the regular habits of users, and then alerts system administrators if there is anything stange going on with the usage.
Microsoft, who has been working on the cloud credentials lately, is one of the investments moving forward. In fact, Chief Executive Satya Nadella announcing back in June that they would be focusing on creating a revolutionary cloud.
The acquisition is extremely pivotal for the computing giant - last November they snapped up the enterprise security startup Aorato. Then, in June they bought the company that created Wunderlust, as they wanted to “reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” the company said at the time. They have also acquired FantasySalesTeam, VoloMetrics, and FieldOne.
According to Venture Beat, Microsoft said that Adallom’s technology will complement some of its own existing tools, including Advanced Threat Analytics, which recently launched as a direct result of the Aorato acquisition. It is a sign that Microsoft is seeing some of the weaknesses that users have been pointing out, and they want to step up to the plate when it comes to security.
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Adallom was founded a few years back, in 2012, and has offices in Palo Alto, California, and Tel Aviv. The company has raise $50 million in funding to date.