Oracle On Azure - First Service Available
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 02 January 2024

Oracle says its its first Oracle Database @ Azure service is now generally available. Oracle Exadata Database Service is the first of several planned Oracle database services to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in Azure data centers.

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). 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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Oracle Database@Azure streamlines the migration of Oracle workloads to Azure and according to Erin Chapple, corporate vice president, Azure Core Product and Design, Microsoft there has been "tremendous interest" in it since its announcement.

Oracle says the service offers flexible options for customers to move their Oracle databases to the cloud, and the simplicity, security, and latency of a single operating environment (datacenter) within Azure. Other advantages, according to Oracle, include consistency with on-premises deployments of Oracle Database and Oracle Exadata, and the ability to build new cloud-native applications using OCI and Azure technologies, including Azure OpenAI Service.

The Microsoft/Oracle database partnership overcomes years of rivalry, and reflects the rise of 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. 

The initial release of the service is only available in the Microsoft Azure East US region, but Oracle and Microsoft plan to make it generally available in additional regions in 2024, including Germany Central, Australia East, France Central, Canada Central, Brazil South, Japan East, UK South, Central US, and South Central US. Each deployment is planned to run across two Azure availability zones, enabling customers to configure high availability across zones.

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