Buy will bolster privacy, security capabilities in Azure
Microsoft this week announced the acquisition of BlueTalon, a Redwood City, California-based provider of unified data access control solutions for complex, hybrid cloud environments.
The Lowdown: The acquisition aims to help organizations in the midst of digital transformation initiatives ensure proper “use of data with centralized data governance at scale through Azure,” Microsoft officials said.
The Details: Terms of the deal were not disclosed. BlueTalon will join Microsoft’s Azure Data Governance group, officials said.
Founded in 2013, BlueTalon works with Fortune 100 companies to help eliminate data security blind spots and gain visibility and control of data in multi-cloud and hyperconverged environments.
The Buzz: “At the heart of any digital transformation is making data discovery, access, and use simple, secure, compliant, and trustworthy,” said Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Azure Data unit. “As technology becomes more ingrained in our lives and our work, it must be simple to understand and control what data is collected and easily manage who has access to that data and for what purpose.
“The IP and talent acquired through BlueTalon brings a unique expertise at the apex of big data, security, and governance.,” Kumar added. “Together with BlueTalon, we are committed to help enterprises become data-driven companies in a secure and compliant manner.”
“As we began exploring partnership opportunities with various hyperscale cloud providers to better serve our customers, Microsoft deeply impressed us,” BlueTalon CEO Eric Tilenius said. “The Azure Data team was uniquely thoughtful and visionary when it came to data governance. We found them to be the perfect fit for us in both mission and culture. So when Microsoft asked us to join forces, we jumped at the opportunity.”