Microsoft and Oracle to combine clouds

06 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman


Microsoft and Oracle have entered into a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Thanks for the partnership enterprises can connect Azure services like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services like Autonomous Database.

“As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95% 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 (pictured), 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.”

By allowing customers to run one of part of their workload in Azure and the other in Oracle Cloud it enabling a best-of-both-clouds experience, creating a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their business.

In addition to providing interoperability for customers running Oracle software on Oracle Cloud and Microsoft software on Azure, it enables new and innovative scenarios like running Oracle E-Business Suite or Oracle JD Edwards on Azure against an Oracle Autonomous Database running on Exadata infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

“The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). “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.”

Through the expanded partnership, a number of new capabilities have been made available including:

  • Seamless connection to Azure and Oracle Cloud , allowing customers to extend their on-premises data centres to both clouds.
  • Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud.
  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications on Azure with Oracle databases (deployed in Oracle Cloud.
  • A collaborative support model to help IT organisations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to use existing customer support relationships and processes.