Microsoft & Oracle Announce Windows Azure Partnership
Some weeks ago I wrote a blog post about that 50% of the Fortune 500 are using Windows Azure, today there are more Windows Azure news.
Microsoft and Oracle just announced a significant partnership to bring Java, Oracle Database, and other Oracle software to Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform. As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers as part of the Infrastructure as a Service offering.
“Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.”
“Our customers’ IT environments are changing rapidly to meet the dynamic nature of the world today,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd. “At Oracle, we are committed to providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premises, as well as public, private, and hybrid clouds. This collaboration with Microsoft extends our partnership and is important for the benefit of our customers.”
This is another important step for Microsoft to make Windows Azure much more attractive for businesses and developers.