Microsoft has just announced that it acquired AVIcode, a private company whose technology monitors performance of .NET applications.
In a statement, Microsoft said "AVIcode Inc. is a provider of application monitoring solutions for the .NET Framework. The acquisition represents further Microsoft investment in providing customers with unified management for physical, virtualized and cloud applications, whether they are running in a customer, service provider or Microsoft datacenter."
That sure sounds like AVIcode will help boost Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud business. AVIcode's tools are integrated with Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager, and will be delivered as part of the System Center product line.