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Microsoft and Oracle extend partnership with OCI functionality

By Catherine Knowles
Mon 25 Jul 2022

Oracle and Microsoft have announced the general availability of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. With this new offering, Microsoft Azure customers can provision, access and monitor enterprise-grade Oracle Database services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with a familiar experience.

Users can migrate or build new applications on Azure and then connect to high-performance and high-availability managed Oracle Database services such as Autonomous Database running on OCI.

Over the last two decades, thousands of customers have relied on Microsoft and Oracle software working well together to run their business-critical applications, the company states. As customers migrate applications and data to the cloud, they continue to look for joint solutions from their trusted software partners.

Since 2019, when Oracle and Microsoft partnered to deliver the Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure, hundreds of organisations have used the secure and private interconnections in 11 global regions. Microsoft and Oracle are extending this collaboration to further simplify the multicloud experience with Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure.

Many joint customers, including some of the worlds largest corporations such as AT&T, Marriott International, Veritas and SGS, want to choose the best services across cloud providers to optimise performance, scalability, and the ability to accelerate their business modernisation efforts, according to the company.

The Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure builds upon the core capabilities of the Oracle Interconnect for Azure and enables customers to more easily integrate workloads on Microsoft Azure with Oracle Database services on OCI.

Customers are not charged for using the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure or for the underlying network interconnection, data egress, or data ingress between Azure and OCI. Customers will pay only for the other Azure or Oracle services they consume, such as Azure Synapse or Oracle Autonomous Database.

Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Cloud for Industry and Global Expansion, says, "Microsoft and Oracle have a long history of working together to support the needs of our joint customers, and this partnership is an example of how we offer customer choice and flexibility as they digitally transform with cloud technology.

"Oracle's decision to select Microsoft as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies and provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders."

Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, says, “There's a well-known myth that you can't run real applications across two clouds. We can now dispel that myth as we give Oracle and Microsoft customers the ability to easily test and demonstrate the value of combining Oracle databases with Azure applications.

"There is no need for deep skills on either of our platforms or complex configurations anyone can use the Azure Portal to harness the power of our two clouds together."

Carl Olofson, research vice president, Data Management Software at IDC, comments, "Multicloud takes on a whole new meaning with the launch of the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure.

"This service, designed to provide intuitive, simple access to the Exadata Database Service and Autonomous Database to Azure users in a transparent manner, responds to the critical need of Azure and Oracle customers to apply the benefits of the latest in Oracle Database technology to their Azure workloads.

"This combined and interactive connection of services across public clouds sets the stage for what a multicloud experience should be, and is a bold statement about where the future of cloud is heading. It should deliver huge benefits for customers, developers, and the cloud services landscape overall."

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