Microsoft Touts Uptake of Oracle Software on the Azure Cloud

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-09-29 Print this article Print
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Indeed, Schutz noted that the IFS announcement is just one of the many examples of customers benefiting from the Oracle/Microsoft collaboration. “We’re also making it really easy for customers to take advantage of this with flexible licensing options: you can bring your own license or spin up a virtual machine that has the license for Oracle Database or WebLogic included. Solutions like this are helping to fuel the rapid adoption of Microsoft Azure and globally we are adding about 8,000 new customers per week,” he said.

“Using Microsoft’s platform to develop our cloud offering was a natural fit because Azure is best aligned with our customers’ needs,” Boulton said in a statement. “Our customers want a trusted cloud platform that enables them to quickly set up and benefit from IFS Applications in line with their business needs. IFS is synonymous with agility, so empowering customers with the power to quickly deploy new capabilities, or extend the usage of IFS Applications into new markets with ease, is very attractive.”

To validate the real-world application of the offering, IFS has been working with beta customer Ebara, a precision instruments manufacturing company.

“Ebara has made a companywide decision to put key IT systems into the cloud, so as a long-standing customer of IFS it was music to our ears to hear of this new initiative on Azure,” said Frank Lowery, director of IFS, in a statement. “We were more than impressed with the ease and speed of creating our first IFS working environment on Azure, which is a cloud environment the company is comfortable with having recently moved to Office 365.”

Dan Matthews, CTO at IFS, added, “There is very little work involved in running IFS Applications on Azure as the performance has proven to be equal to deploying our software on-premises.”

Moreover, there are additional benefits. “You have to look at the benefits of Azure itself over other cloud environments,” Boulton told eWEEK. “Eighty percent of our customer base runs on Windows. For them, they’ve already got the skills, they’ve already got the management tools in place; we couldn’t make it easier for them. If they wanted to run a hybrid environment with their on-prem with their cloud environment we’re completely happy with that.”

In addition, “We don’t have to worry about the physical environment, we can just license to the virtual environment. It’s a bring-your-own-license type of relationship,” Boulton said. “So if somebody’s already got an on-prem solution running IFS sitting on top of Oracle they can just move that to Azure. It doesn’t matter about the physical environment, we just take the virtual environment they want to spin up and they’re good to go. Their license is fully transferable. I think, really, only the muscle of Microsoft have secured that deal with Oracle. It was what we needed to happen and it was a very slow conversation for us.”


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