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Oracle and Microsoft Azure Collaborate for Cloud Database Services

Oracle and Microsoft Azure Collaborate for Cloud Database Services
  • Oracle has partnered with Microsoft Azure to extend its database infrastructure to the cloud, offering customers a seamless, integrated experience.
  • Oracle Database@Azure will leverage Azure's security, flexibility, and AI capabilities, promising enhanced options for customers to migrate their databases to the cloud.
  • The partnership addresses customer demands for cloud migration options, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella anticipating accelerated adoption of cloud solutions reliant on Oracle Database.

Oracle has formed a strategic partnership with Microsoft Azure to expand its database infrastructure in the cloud. The collaboration, known as Oracle Database@Azure, seeks to combine Oracle's database services with Azure's cloud platform, offering customers a seamless, integrated experience. This move comes as Oracle aims to recover market share and compete with subscription-based alternatives.

Oracle Database@Azure will make use of Azure's renowned security, flexibility, and AI capabilities, including those developed in partnership with OpenAI. Oracle's hardware and software will be co-located in Azure's data centers, promising enhanced options for customers to migrate their databases to the cloud. Initially, the offering will support various Oracle database services, including Oracle Exadata Database, Oracle Autonomous Database, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. A joint support guarantee from Oracle and Microsoft will ensure mission-critical workload stability. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison emphasized the importance of the partnership, noting that Oracle's hardware and software would be co-located and physically relocated to Azure's data centers.

Customers will have the option to purchase Oracle Database@Azure through the Azure Marketplace while retaining their existing Oracle Database license benefits. Oracle will manage its services within Microsoft's data centers across regions in North America and Europe.

The partnership addresses customer demands for cloud migration options, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella anticipating accelerated adoption of cloud solutions reliant on Oracle Database.

Oracle faces stiff competition in the database market, with its market share declining from 36.1% in 2017 to 20.6% in 2021, as per Gartner.

To regain momentum, Oracle has taken steps such as offering free database software for developers. The Azure partnership is a strategic move to fortify its market position and retain long-term clients amid growing competition.

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