In a significant development, technology giants Oracle and Microsoft announced the launch of Oracle Database@Azure, a groundbreaking service aimed at simplifying cloud migration and multicloud deployment for customers. This collaboration provides customers with direct access to Oracle database services running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) within Microsoft Azure datacenters.
Oracle Database@Azure seamlessly combines the performance, scalability, and workload availability benefits of Oracle Database on OCI with the robust security, adaptability, and top-tier services of Microsoft Azure. This synergy not only grants customers greater flexibility in choosing their workload deployment location but also establishes a streamlined environment, simplifying cloud procurement and management between Oracle Database and Azure services.
Microsoft now joins Oracle as the only other hyperscaler to offer Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database Services, further enhancing the options available to customers seeking to modernize their IT environments and leverage the capabilities of Azure’s infrastructure, tooling, and services.
Key benefits of Oracle Database@Azure for customers
- More Cloud Options: Customers gain more choices for migrating their Oracle databases to the cloud.
- Performance and Scalability: Oracle Database@Azure delivers the highest level of Oracle database performance, scale, and availability, along with feature and pricing parity.
- Simplified Environment: The service provides a simplified and secure environment within Azure datacenters, reducing complexity and latency.
- Cloud-Native Development: Customers can build new cloud-native applications utilizing OCI and Azure technologies, including Azure’s top-tier AI services.
- Trusted Architecture: The solution is backed by the expertise and support of two industry-leading cloud providers.
“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,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “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.”
Multicloud made easy
Oracle Database@Azure allows organizations to harness the strengths of both Oracle and Microsoft directly within the Azure portal, leveraging existing skills and eliminating the challenges associated with multicloud architectures, such as disjointed management and complex purchasing processes.
Customers now have the option to deploy their Azure services alongside fully managed Oracle Database services, all within a single datacenter. This encompasses support for Oracle Exadata Database services, Oracle Autonomous Database services, and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC).
Oracle and Microsoft have also jointly developed a support model to provide rapid response and resolution for mission-critical workloads.
The purchasing and contracting process has been significantly streamlined, with customers able to acquire Oracle Database@Azure through Azure Marketplace, utilizing their existing Azure agreements. Moreover, customers can leverage their existing Oracle Database license benefits, including Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and the Oracle Support Rewards program.
This latest development builds on the collaborative efforts of Oracle and Microsoft, which began in 2019 with the introduction of Oracle Interconnect for Azure, offering secure, private interconnections with sub-2 millisecond latency in 12 global regions.
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