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Microsoft and Oracle are connecting their clouds

Written by Thu 6 Jun 2019

Organizations can now seamlessly connect Azure services to Oracle Cloud services

Microsoft and Oracle have announced a new cloud partnership that will see Azure and Oracle Cloud interconnect, enabling users of both platforms to migrate data and workloads between the two.

Aside from direct connectivity, the partnership includes identity and access management interoperability, enabling users to sign in to both platforms in one go.

The interconnect is currently limited between Oracle’s Ashburn facility and the Azure US East region, and the companies have not revealed expansion plans.

When fully operational, Oracle users will be able to run services like JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail and Hyperion on Azure, and have those services communicate with Oracle’s databases in the Oracle Cloud, although Azure users will still be able to run Oracle databases in Azure, too.

“Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Although Oracle’s cloud revenues grew by 27.9 percent in Q4 2018, according to market research firm Canalys, its cloud services still have nowhere near the same uptake as Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud. The partnership indicates that Oracle is content with not being a major cloud player, and is instead focusing on increasing the accessibility of its databases across the cloud.

“As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95 percent of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division.

“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.”

Written by Thu 6 Jun 2019


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