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July 16, 2020

Oracle and Azure join clouds

Today Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership. This allows Oracle software to run on Azure. Here’s a quote from the press release:

Enterprises can now seamlessly connect Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database. By enabling customers to run one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud, the partnership delivers a highly optimized, best-of-both-clouds experience. Taken together, Azure and Oracle Cloud offer customers a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their entire business.

The joint cloud service is available immediately at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/oracle/. Notice that at the moment, it is only available in the Azure US East region, with more regions to be added later.

It for sure looks good. Customers can run Oracle applications such as E-Business Suite on Azure, with Oracle databases. These services and features are available starting today:

Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.

Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview today, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.

Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.

A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes.

Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.

Here’s what executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division Scott Guthrie had to say about this hook-up:

As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95% of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys. With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud.

Today’s announcement highlights a new policy at Microsoft. Competitors are now seen as potential partners, take for instance Microsoft partnering with Google and its parent company Alphabet on the open source Chromium project and various quantum computing projects. For Oracle, this makes it easier, and faster I’m sure, to step up the ladder, and join the really big cloud players at the top of the market.

All in all, this is a very positive move for both companies.


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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