The deal gives Oracle customers a much-needed option when it comes to the cloud, says Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy.
The vendor has improved cloud services since its debut, but Oracle needed focus on its partner ecosystem, Gartner said in the 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant.
Customers looking to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud can do so first in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East though the companies plan to expand this functionality to additional regions in the future. "But Azure IaaS is not a practical solution for customers with complex Oracle usages such as complicated database configurations using Oracle's RAC or high-performance Engineered Systems, or with similarly complicated Oracle application stacks-i.e., Oracle e-Business Suite, etc. Technologies such as RAC simply aren't possible in non-Oracle clouds".
Both companies, as providers of public cloud services to organizations, have been competitors, but they've nevertheless had a close partnership for the last six years around their hosted applications and services offerings.
Under the new joint cloud services, Oracle's complete suite of integrated applications will now be able to run seamlessly on Azure Cloud without having to re-architect anything.
"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", Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and AI division, said in a statement.
Bound together personality and access management, by means of a brought together single user involvement and robotized client provisioning, to oversee assets crosswise over Azure and Oracle Cloud.
Microsoft and Oracle have formed a partnership which will allow mutual customers to connect services from each company's cloud platform.
With Azure, Microsoft has a stack ranging from infrastructure to platform to applications for running a business.
The growing popularity of multi-cloud deployments provides an opportunity for cloud providers like Oracle to grab a bigger chunk of the cloud services market through database and other cloud-based applications.
A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes. Oracle had previously been up-charging customers on licenses if workloads didn't run on OCI but with Azure that is no longer the case.