Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud go seamless

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Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have entered into a cloud interoperability partnership that will enable customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Firms can now seamlessly connect Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database. Taken together, Azure and Oracle Cloud offer customers a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their entire business.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division, said the alliance is a natural choice for Microsoft as they help joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud.

Don Johnson, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, said 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.

With the expanded partnership, Microsoft and Oracle are making available a new set of capabilities.

  • Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds, starting in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions.
  • Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.
  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.
  • A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes.
  • Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.