Amazon Web Services customers might find some new disaster-recovery services in their account dashboards later this year now that the company has confirmed its acquisition of CloudEndure.
An AWS representative confirmed the deal was official late Wednesday evening, and CloudEndure posted a message on its web site. “As an AWS Advanced Technology Partner since 2016, CloudEndure has long joined forces with AWS to help customers future-proof their businesses. This acquisition expands our ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, backup, and disaster-recovery solutions,” it said.
AWS’s first deal of 2019 touches on an extremely important part of information technology: uptime. As the complexity involved in operating a modern business grows each year, so does demand for products and services that allow companies to recover when something inevitably goes wrong.
CloudEndure will also help AWS customers move their data onto the cloud provider’s network, something that cloud companies strive to make as easy as possible. (Leaving is another story.) AWS already offers disaster-recovery and migration services but CloudEndure’s tech might give those services some new life.
The price of the acquisition remains undisclosed, but various reports estimated it cost AWS CEO Andy Jassy between $200 million and $250 million. We’ll get a better sense in a few weeks when AWS reports its fourth-quarter earnings, but assuming the company improved upon the $6.7 billion in revenue it recorded during the third quarter, it’s a small price to pay to improve an important part of its cloud services portfolio.