Good news for businesses using multi-clouds as Microsoft and Oracle partner up
Oracle and Microsoft have jointly introduced a groundbreaking service enabling customers to access Oracle database servers situated within Microsoft Azure data centers. The aim is to streamline the transition to cloud environments while granting customers increased flexibility in managing their multi-cloud infrastructure. Oracle emphasizes that existing customers can harness the benefits of Azure without the need to relearn Oracle tools and procedures.
Under this service, Oracle's database services, typically hosted on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), will be available for the first time within Azure data centers. It’s an expansion that not only broadens the accessibility of Oracle's diverse product offerings but also introduces advantages like the low latency inherent in Azure.
Customers will have the option to procure Oracle Database@Azure directly from the Azure Marketplace. This simplifies deployment through developer tools such as Azure APIs and software development kits (SDKs).
Recognizing complex procurement processes as a major challenge in adopting multi-cloud architectures, Oracle and Microsoft aim to alleviate this by offering the service via the Azure Marketplace.
Another significant hurdle identified by both companies is the fragmented management and isolated tools often encountered by customers. These issues have been effectively addressed through the service's "fully integrated experience" integrated within the Azure portal.
Mihir Shah, Enterprise Head of Data at Fidelity Investments, emphasized the importance of interoperability between cloud service providers for seamless, secure, and rapid financial transactions for their vast customer base. He commended the collaborative solution provided by Microsoft and Oracle, which enables organizations like Fidelity to deliver top-notch customer experiences while meeting stringent compliance and regulatory requirements with minimal downtime.
In recent times, CIOs have voiced concerns about the complexity of cloud environments surpassing human capabilities. IT teams have struggled with efficient data processing due to overwhelming workloads and a limited understanding of their cloud ecosystems. Combining the tools offered by Oracle and Azure empowers customers to select the approach that aligns best with their specific requirements.
Oracle will be responsible for operating these services, with the initial launch planned for the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.
During a live stream announcement, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the extensive collaboration between their organizations that led to the creation of this service. They emphasized how it will enable customers to fully harness the potential of their data.