Oracle and Microsoft expand cloud partnership with Oracle Database@Azure

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Oracle and Microsoft expand cloud partnership with Oracle Database@Azure
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Tech giants Oracle Corp (NYSE: ORCL ) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT ) announced on Thursday, the launch of Oracle Database@Azure, a service that provides customers with direct access to Oracle database services on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), deployed within Microsoft Azure datacenters.

Earlier this week, Microsoft had hinted at a significant joint announcement with Oracle. The new service, revealed on Thursday, allows enterprise customers to access Oracle Database on OCI services within Microsoft's Azure cloud datacenters. This move also enables Oracle Database customers to utilize Azure features, including Azure AI.

The partnership marks a strategic shift in the cloud market as it signals increased cooperation in the rapidly evolving software and AI markets. The new service will give customers of both companies a low-latency option to combine their data with Microsoft's applications and infrastructure using the existing Azure portal.

Oracle Database@Azure combines the performance, scale, and workload availability of Oracle Database on OCI with the security, flexibility, and best-in-class services of Microsoft Azure. This combination offers customers more flexibility in deciding where to run their workloads and simplifies cloud purchasing and management between Oracle Database and Azure services.

The expanded partnership will enable Microsoft Azure to become the only other cloud provider to run Oracle’s database services. "Our expanded partnership with Oracle will make Microsoft Azure the only other cloud provider to run Oracle’s database services and help our customers unlock a new wave of cloud-powered innovation," said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft.

The new service is designed to address customers' significant challenges in adopting multicloud architectures, including disjointed management, siloed tools, and a complex purchasing process. Customers can now purchase Oracle Database@Azure through Azure Marketplace using their existing Azure agreements. They can also use their existing Oracle Database license benefits.

Larry Ellison, Oracle Chairman and CTO, highlighted that "most customers already use multiple clouds." He added that Microsoft and Oracle have been working together to make it easy for those customers to seamlessly connect Azure Services with the very latest Oracle Database technology.

Oracle will operate and manage these OCI services directly within Microsoft’s datacenters globally, beginning with regions in North America and Europe. The new service is expected to accelerate cloud migrations and spur artificial intelligence implementations.

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