Earlier this week, Microsoft stated that it would be making a major joint announcement with Oracle. Today, the announcement was that the two tech giants will join a new service, called Oracle Database Azure.
Microsoft press release Stated that enterprise customers will be able to access Oracle Database over OCI services in Microsoft’s Azure cloud data centers. This new service will also allow those Oracle Database customers to also access Azure features, including Azure AI.
In a press release they added:
Oracle and Microsoft have also developed a joint support model to provide rapid response and resolution for critical workloads. In addition, Oracle and Microsoft have significantly simplified the purchasing and contracting process. Customers will be able to purchase Oracle Database Azure through the Azure Marketplace, leveraging their existing Azure agreements. They will also be able to use the benefits available in the Oracle Database license including Bring Your Own License and the Oracle Support Rewards program.
Neither Microsoft nor Oracle mentioned any financial details about this new partnership today. The press release did include comments from the two heads of the company. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated:
Our expanded partnership with Oracle will make Microsoft Azure the only other cloud provider running Oracle’s database services and help our customers unlock a new wave of cloud-driven innovation.
Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle and current chairman and CTO, stated:
Most customers already use multiple clouds. Microsoft and Oracle have worked together to make it easier for those customers to seamlessly connect Azure services with the latest Oracle Database technology. By placing Oracle Exadata hardware in Azure data centers, customers will experience the best database and network performance.
The press release added that Oracle will continue to manage its OCI services directly in Microsoft’s Azure data centers. This new service will be available first in North America and Europe.