Microsoft and Oracle team up on new “cross-cloud” capabilities

Microsoft and Oracle partner up.

Oracle and Microsoft announced a new cloud alliance on Wednesday. This is an expansion of their partnership, to offer new “cross-cloud” capabilities for larger organizations to tap. With this Azure services like Analytics and AI can be now connected with Oracle cloud services like Autonomous Database.

The two companies said that the high-speed link connecting their data centers would first start with facilities being offered in the eastern United States and then spreading to other major regions. They will also be working together to let joint users log into services from either company with just a single user name and also get tech support from either company.

Microsoft and Oracle will be announcing the following set of capabilities as part of this partnership:

  • Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, thereby, allowing its customers to extend their on-premises datacenters 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. Also available in early preview today, 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.

“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, 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.”

“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.”

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