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Microsoft and Oracle Announce Database Partnership

Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, a joint venture between Microsoft and Oracle, is now generally available.

This new offering, which was unveiled during this week's Microsoft Inspire digital partner conference, brings tighter integration for Microsoft Azure customers who are leveraging Oracle's database services. According to a statement by the two companies, "Microsoft Azure customers can easily provision, access, and monitor enterprise-grade Oracle Database services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with a familiar experience."

This includes creating and migrating applications from Azure to Oracle Database Services in a seamless transition that the companies claim can occur in "just a few clicks." Once migrated to Oracle Database Service, the two cloud environments are configured to link together and Azure Active Directory identities are shared among both clouds.

The service allows those familiar with Oracle Database Services to use the same dashboard, but with integrated Azure technology. Further, Azure Application Insights, which allows for performance management and monitoring of Web apps, has been integrated into the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure dashboard.

Wednesday's general release is just the next step in a long-term partnership between Microsoft and Oracle in the cloud, and builds on the collaboration from the two companies' Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure, a service launched in 2019 to help app migration in multicloud environments.

"There's a well-known myth that you can't run real applications across two clouds," said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "We can now dispel that myth as we give Oracle and Microsoft customers the ability to easily test and demonstrate the value of combining Oracle databases with Azure applications. There is no need for deep skills on both of our platforms or complex configurations -- anyone can use the Azure Portal to get the power of our two clouds together."

There is no additional charge for migrating apps from one service to another. Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure will be available for all with current Azure or Oracle service agreements.

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Chris Paoli (@ChrisPaoli5) is the associate editor for Converge360.

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