Microsoft Touts Uptake of Oracle Software on the Azure Cloud
Microsoft says its year-old partnership with Oracle to run Oracle software on the Microsoft Azure cloud is paying off with major customer adoption.Microsoft announced that customer adoption for Oracle software on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform is strong and continues to grow. The devices and services giant made the announcement at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, the venue where a year ago Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership to run Oracle software on Microsoft Azure so that Oracle customers could run their enterprise applications in a globally available cloud platform. Today at Oracle OpenWorld, IFS, an Oracle partner and Microsoft customer that provides global enterprise applications, announced the availability of its IFS Applications suite on Microsoft Azure. The new offering reduces the need for hardware infrastructure to provide customers with a cost effective, rapid and secure way to benefit from IFS Applications. “The technology base for us is we sit on top of an Oracle database and primarily an Oracle middleware stack,” Mark Boulton, chief marketing officer at IFS, told eWEEK. “You could use Red Hat JBoss or you could use IBM software, but we include the Oracle middleware stack as standard with our software.”
In addition to avoiding many of the high upfront costs normally associated with on-premise solutions, the cloud-based offer from IFS enables customers to easily increase the breadth of their deployment as well as scale the number of user-seats in line with business growth. IFS officials said the Azure cloud environment also delivers data protection and business continuity features that a typical on-premises installation would not include.