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AVIcode the latest cloud-inspired acquisition for Microsoft

This week, Microsoft announced that it has acquired AVIcode, Inc., a Baltimore-based private company known for its .NET application monitoring software.

The move is similar to the Opalis acquisition back in December in that AVIcode will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft with its software being delivered under the System Center umbrella. And as with Opalis, the latest move is cloud-motivated.

“Over the last year, as we have been moving more and more of our solutions to be delivered as a service (SaaS) as well as bring Windows Azure (PaaS) online, we have seen the need to extend our monitoring capabilities,” said Brad Anderson, Microsoft CVP (Management and Security Division), in a company blog post. “As more and more applications move to run from the cloud, organizations will want to have access to the capabilities that AVIcode delivers — enabling organizations to get a much deeper understanding of the actual end-user experience,” he added.

AVIcode’s product line already includes management packs for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007. The solutions offer a number of monitoring features, including application diagnostic reports and graphical topologies of monitored systems. The software also extends Operations Manager’s .NET app monitoring capabilities to include any .NET code, such as .exe or .dll. AVIcode also provides BizTalk, SharePoint and Reporting Services management packs for Operations Manager 2007.

Anderson said that Microsoft has actually been using AVIcode solutions with SCOM to monitor services running in its own data centers for years, noting the company’s XBOX Live service as an example. The key phrase repeated by both Anderson and AVIcode CEO Mike Curreri in regards to the acquisition was the need for “360-degree visibility” of services, which I guess means pretty much everything.

When it comes to making new AVIcode purchases, Microsoft has yet to announce how pricing and licensing will change (if at all) in the short-term, though all current customer commitments will be honored. Anderson said the company will begin to integrate the AVIcode software directly with Microsoft products over time, per usual.

This is the first major acquisition announced by Microsoft this year. As reported recently, the company has admitted to at least 15 other minor acquisitions in 2010 thus far, even if no one heard about them.

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