After years of rivalry, Microsoft and Oracle join forces to deliver more compatibility between the companies’ products in an effort to improve their standing in the cloud computing space. The new partnership, announced on Monday, focuses on certifying Oracle’s software products to run on Windows Azure cloud and Hyper-V, as well as the already supported Windows Server platform.
As listed on Oracle Cloud Solutions blog:
- Certified Oracle products for Windows Azure include Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server and fully licensed Java.
- Microsoft is adding Infrastructure Services instances to its Azure image gallery with Oracle’s databases, Java and WebLogic server, and Oracle Linux as a preconfigured guest instance.
What this means for Microsoft and Oracle customers is more flexibility and options. During Monday’s press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said “Our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years." Those with Oracle licenses for the certified products will be able to deploy them on Azure, although with some limitations (take a look at Oracle’s software licensing in cloud environments).
The partnership is a clear move to help position the two companies in the cloud computing arena. But is it more than a strategic marketing initiative? Only time will tell if the new cloud venture between Microsoft and Oracle will amount to anything.
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