Microsoft Corporation and Oracle Corporation recently announced a partnership with each other in the cloud. Oracle’s software will be delivered to the Microsoft cloud platform called Azure. Azure customers will now be able to use Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux on Windows Azure. Oracle will offer full certification and support. This deal is unique because Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison seemed to have a personal vendetta against Microsoft, even more so than what the late Steve Jobs had against the company.
“Customers need and want more flexibility to adapt in a rapidly changing business landscape,” stated Oracle co-President Mark Hurd. “This gives customers choice in how they access and deploy our software.” This deal is going to benefit Microsoft and Oracle both. Microsoft will gain additional customers for Azure. And Oracle will gain customers that use or want to use their technology in the cloud.
Oracle and Microsoft have been friends and enemies at the same time. Oracle has been working closely with Microsoft for quite a while already. For example, many of Oracle’s customers use software on Windows Server already. Customers that have Oracle licenses will be able to use them on Azure deployments.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said “It?s about time and we?re really glad to work in this much newer and constructive way with Oracle.” He added that this is a great example of “partnering to deliver what our enterprise customers need.” Microsoft is expected to provide fully licensed and supported Java in Azure. “We think this makes Java much more first-class with Oracle support,” stated Microsoft’s Server and Tools president Satya Nadella. It is unknown when full Java support and Microsoft’s Infrastructure Services will be made available.
Oracle offers cloud services of their own, but it is more open. By working with Microsoft, Oracle customers are able to gain access to Microsoft’s intellectual property. By adding support for Hyper-V, Windows Azure will have a “near equal position” against Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud market.