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Oracle To Run on Hyper-V & Azure

The “frenemies” partner up out of necessity, to combat the cheaper cloud newcomers like Amazon

Oracle and Microsoft, historically so-called “frenemies,” partnered Monday out of necessity so they won’t be dismissed as doddering old codgers compared to the cheaper cloud newcomers like Amazon that they’re both competing against these days.

Oracle said its software – including Java, the Oracle Database and the WebLogic application server, is immediately available on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure fully certified and supported by Oracle. Oracle said it will allow license mobility on Azure.

Microsoft, in turn, will offer infrastructure instances of Java, the Oracle Database and the WebLogic Server to Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Azure customers on preconfigured instances.

Java folk are supposed to fancy this deal. Microsoft will support and offer fully licensed Java on Azure.

Of course Microsoft is heavily invested in its own SQL Server database. A preview of SQL Server 2014 is supposed to be available by the end of the month and the production version should be out in early 2014.

Naturally the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

In a canned statement Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said, “Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.”

Oracle president Mark Hurd said Oracle was committed to “providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premises, as well as public, private and hybrid clouds. This collaboration with Microsoft extends our partnership and is important for the benefit of our customers.”

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who to the delight of the press is notoriously bad at keeping a secret (when it suits him), said last week when Oracle handed in disappointing results for its last quarter, that Oracle would announce “startling” cloud relationships with Microsoft,, NetSuite and maybe others this week.

Microsoft, the most noteworthy, was first up. Both Salesforce and NetSuite, both Ellison investments, are long-time users of the Oracle Database.

The Microsoft announcement Monday didn’t specify Oracle’s latest database, the cloud-ified, pluggable in-memory, HANA-like 12c, as Ellison did last week.

What Ellison said then was that “We will be announcing technology partnerships with the most important – the largest and most important SaaS companies and infrastructure companies in the cloud. And they will be using our technology, committing to our technology for years to come. These partnerships in the cloud I think will reshape the cloud and reshape the perception of Oracle technology in the cloud. 12c, in other words, is the most important technology we’ve ever developed for this new generation of cloud security.”

12c will have multi-tenancy built-in to avoid the overhead of getting multi-tenancy through virtual machines or the security issues of a multi-tenant application architecture. 12c’s multi-tenancy will be a separately priced option, Ellison said last week.

Earlier this month, Oracle partnered with Dell in a deal intended to give Oracle more access to SMBs.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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