Microsoft Team up with Oracle

On Monday, Microsoft and Oracle announced a broad partnership around cloud computing. In a conference call, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Oracle President Mark Hurd discussed a partnership between the companies that will bring Oracle platforms including Java middleware into Microsoft's Azure cloud.

Microsoft's press release states that the software from Oracle that can run on Microsoft's platforms includes Java, Oracle Database and Oracle Web Logic Server. Microsoft will also offer Oracle's software lineup to its Windows Azure customers. Oracle will make its Oracle Linux OS available to Windows Azure users; specific financial terms of this new partnership were not disclosed. 

Here’s what the partnership includes:

  • Microsoft customers can run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. 
  • Oracle will allow license mobility on Azure. 
  • Microsoft will add infrastructure instances with Oracle's Java, database and Web Logic Server.
  • Microsoft will support and offer fully licensed Java in Azure. 
  • Oracle will offer Oracle Linux on preconfigured instances.

The two companies have been longtime competitors, particularly in the database market. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on a conference call with analysts that they will continue to compete, but “this partnership has an immediate benefit to customers of every shape and size imaginable.”

The companies said they have worked together behind the scenes to enable similar scenarios on Windows Server, but needed to do something more public in this era of cloud computing.