Oracle on Windows Azure Extends Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud
Microsoft releases details on its cloud-based Oracle subscription plans as the company gears up for general availability next month.Microsoft has quietly released details on license-included Oracle VMs for Windows Azure, months after the companies announced a strategic partnership that brings Oracle's enterprise software to Microsoft's cloud. Satya Nadella, Microsoft's former cloud chief and now the software giant's new CEO, announced the team-up, which brought the big competitors together, last summer. "As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure," he said in a June 24 statement. Cloud computing's impact on the IT market space can turn rivals into allies. The enterprise cloud era "requires companies to rethink what they build, to rethink how they operate and to rethink whom they partner with," said Nadella. The partnership would usher in an era of "license mobility" spanning Windows-based private and public clouds. Nadella added that "customers who have long enjoyed the ability to run Oracle software on Windows Server can run that same software on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and take advantage of our enterprise-grade virtualization platform and public cloud."
A pricing page, spotted by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, explains that the company plans to make license-included Oracle virtual machines (VMs) generally available March 12, effectively spelling the end of the preview. "License-included Oracle VMs are Windows Server VMs made available in the Windows Azure Gallery in which Oracle software has been preinstalled," explained Microsoft.