PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE FLOGGERS Microsoft and Oracle have announced a partnership that will see Oracle DB, Weblogic and Java run on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service.
Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service already powers a number of key Microsoft products and will provide services, including processing power, to the firm's upcoming Xbox One games console. However the firm is desperate to get enterprises to jump onto its cloud and has partnered with Oracle to support its popular closed source Oracle Database software on Windows Azure.
Oracle will work to ensure that its flagship relational database software will work properly on Microsoft's Hyper V hypervisor, the foundation of its Windows Azure service. Oracle will also provide a licensed and supported version of Java on Windows Azure, and Microsoft eventually will offer Oracle Linux, a derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to Windows Azure customers.
Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business said, "The cloud computing era - or, as I like to call it, the enterprise cloud era - calls for bold, new thinking. It requires companies to rethink what they build, to rethink how they operate and to rethink whom they partner with. We are doing that by being "cloud first" in everything we do.
"From our vision of a Cloud OS - a consistent platform spanning our customer's private clouds, service provider clouds and Windows Azure - to the way we partner to ensure that the applications our customers use run, fully supported, in those clouds."
Microsoft's bid to compete with Amazon with Windows Azure has seen the firm support Linux and drastically cut prices. The firm reportedly is spending in the region of $700m on a datacentre in Iowa to support customers or its cloud services.
With Oracle's database software still widely used, Microsoft could gain some business from firms that are looking to offload local Oracle DB installations to Microsoft's cloud. However for Oracle, its deal with Microsoft seems to put paid to any notion that it will get into the cloud business. µ