Microsoft And Oracle Announce Oracle On Azure
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 18 September 2023

Oracle and Microsoft have jointly announced an expanded partnership that will make it easier to run Oracle on Azure.

Oracle has offered a route to working with Azure since 2019 through the OCI-Azure Interconnect, which offers secure, private interconnections for running workloads across Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Last year Oracle The new service builds on OCI-Azure Interconnect with simplified setup, management, and connectivity of application components in Azure to databases running in OCI.

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A year ago, Oracle extended this with a new fully managed Oracle Service for Microsoft Azure that customers can use to integrate workloads on Microsoft Azure with Oracle Database services on OCI. 

The latest announcement,  Oracle Database@Azure, gives customers direct access to Oracle database services running on OCI and deployed in Microsoft Azure datacenters. The announcement says this delivers

"all the performance, scale, and workload availability advantages of Oracle Database on OCI with the security, flexibility, and best-in-class services of Microsoft Azure, including best-in-class AI services like Azure OpenAI."

More specifically, it means customers get more flexibility on where they run their workloads. The announcement was important enough for Oracle boss Larry Ellison to visit Microsoft's Redmond headquarters for the first time ever.

Microsoft and Oracle have been keen rivals in the database market, with Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database competing directly. Back in the 80s when Ellison and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were seen as having a feud, it would have been unthinkable for Ellison to have sat down for a press launch at Redmond. Ellison said in the conference that it was hard to believe he was there.

The partnership is driven by a need to be effective against newer rivals, specifically Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. Google's recently announced Cross-Cloud Network was set up to make it easier to run distributed applications across multiple clouds, and both Oracle and Microsoft are seeing enterprise customers wanting interoperability.

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