Oracle and Microsoft become the strange bedfellows on the Cloud

25th Jun 2013
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Cloud is changing the equations of the ecosystem! During the late 90s and early 2000s, Microsoft and Sun fought a bitter war to win the enterprise application platform. It was the same case with Oracle on the database front. Fast forward to 2013, Microsoft and Oracle become the most strategic partners to deliver Cloud services to enterprise customers.According to the official blog, this partnership will enable Oracle with the following-

  • Effective today, our customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure
  • Effective today, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure
  • Microsoft will add Infrastructure Services instances with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to the Windows Azure image gallery
  • Microsoft will offer fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure
  • Oracle will offer Oracle Linux, with a variety of Oracle software, as preconfigured instances on Windows Azure

This is one of the biggest announcements for Windows Azure since the GA announcement in April. While many enterprise platform companies like IBM, SAP, Red Hat and Oracle certified their workloads on AWS, this is one of the first big wins for Azure.What is not very clear in this announcement is augmenting the Java Support on the PaaS layer of Windows Azure. While it may be easy to port Java applications to IaaS, developers still struggle to deploy code from an IDE like Eclipse to Windows Azure. If Microsoft seamlessly integrates Java capabilities with the PaaS, it will become a viable alternative to Google App Engine, Cloud Foundry, CloudBees and OpenShift.

What does this announcement mean to the ecosystem? It is very clear that the 800-pound gorilla called Amazon is threatening all major players including Oracle.Amazon’s Redshift, Data Warehouse-as-a-Service launch is a clear indication that they will not spare anyone. Amazon.com has been running on Oracle database for a longtime making it a credible case study for Oracle in the eCommerce vertical. AWS is the only IaaSthat Oracle certified for migrating Oracle VMs to cloud. But that did not stop Oracle from partnering with Microsoft. For Microsoft, this opens up additional doors to on-board enterprise workloads running on the Oracle stack including WebLogic and Java. The fine print of this is more interesting! Oracle said that they are now certifying Linux and Java to run on Hyper-V which means that it is easy for Microsoft to sell their Private Cloud to enterprises running on Oracle. This deal will make other players like Red Hat and SAP gain confidence on Microsoft Cloud. It will be a matter of time before RHEL and SAP comes to Azure!

This move equally benefits the enterprise customers and system integrators. Now it’s the turn of HP and Google to announce interesting partnerships!

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