Oracle and Microsoft expand partnership with new service launch

Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft and Larry Ellison, chairman of the board and chief technology officer of Oracle sat against a blue background speaking to one another | Oracle Database@Azure

Oracle and Microsoft have expanded their partnership with the launch of Oracle Database@Azure.

Oracle Database@Azure provides customers with direct access to Oracle database services running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and deployed in Microsoft Azure data centers.

According to the companies, it delivers the performance, scale and workload availability advantages of Oracle Database on OCI with the security, flexibility and services of Microsoft Azure, including AI services like Azure OpenAI.

The new service provides customers with more flexibility when it comes to where they run their workloads. In addition, it provides a streamlined environment that simplifies cloud purchasing and management between Oracle Database and Azure services.

Oracle Database@Azure will support customers’ migration to the cloud, enabling them to modernize their IT environments and utilize Azure’s infrastructure, tooling and services.

Customers will have more options to move their Oracle databases to the cloud along with the simplicity and security of a single operating environment within Azure, among other benefits.

Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft said: “We have a real opportunity to help organizations bring their mission-critical applications to the cloud so they can transform every part of their business with this next generation of AI.

“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.”

The service is designed to eliminate challenges in adopting multi-cloud architectures, such as disjointed management, siloed tools and a complex purchasing process.

Larry Ellison, Oracle chairman and CTO, said: “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.

“By collocating Oracle Exadata hardware in Azure data centers, customers will experience the best possible database and network performance. We are proud to partner with Microsoft to deliver this best-in-class capability to customers.”

Customers will be able to deploy their Azure services with their fully managed Oracle Database services all within a single data center. This includes support for Oracle Exadata Database services, Oracle Autonomous Database services and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC).

Oracle and Microsoft also announced they have developed a joint support model to provide rapid response and resolution for mission-critical workloads. Thanks to a recently simplified purchasing and contracting process, customers will be able to purchase Oracle Database@Azure through Azure Marketplace.