Oracle Database @Azure: what does it mean for you?

Harriet Lewis Sep 15, 2023 1:59:24 PM

Oracle and Microsoft have announced a further extension to their interoperability relationship: Oracle Database @Azure. This means that customers can now have direct access to Oracle databases running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) deployed in Microsoft Azure data centres. As both an Oracle and Microsoft partner, we’ve outlined in this blog what Oracle Database @Azure is and what it will mean for customers now and in the future. 

Oracle Database@Azure: What is it?

Essentially, it’s a new way to run Oracle databases in the Cloud. Customers using Oracle database instances will now be able to deploy and manage them within Azure. To quote Oracle… ‘Oracle Database@Azure delivers all the performance, scale, and workload availability advantages of Oracle Database on OCI with the security, flexibility, and best-in-class services of Microsoft Azure.’

So, what are the benefits?

Ultimately, Oracle Database@Azure will help customers move to the cloud more easily with the simplicity of a single operating environment. It reduces complexity in the purchasing process and expands the range of options for customers, whilst ensuring performance, feature and pricing equity between the two platforms. It also offers the ability to build cloud-native applications using both technologies and Microsoft’s leading AI functionality.

Why have Oracle and Microsoft done this?

Many, many organisations use both Oracle and Microsoft technology. Oracle and Microsoft recognise this and understand the need to make it easier for the two technologies to work together harmoniously, rather than in silo. Consequently, they introduced the Oracle Cloud and Azure interconnect solution a few years ago. 

Clearly, this latest announcement is another extension of this relationship to include Oracle databases on OCI. Multicloud is a huge opportunity for vendors and customers alike – Oracle CTO Larry Ellison used his Oracle CloudWorld keynote last year to predict the future ‘marketplace of cloud’, so we can expect to see further developments of this nature. 

As this announcement comes just before Oracle CloudWorld 2023 in Las Vegas, be sure to watch this space for further related announcements. The DSP team will be on the ground at OCW (Stand #161 in the Exhibition Hall – if you’re there, come and say hello!), and we’ll be sharing our key takeaways on our blog over the course of the week, so be sure to check it out.

What to do now?

If you think Oracle Database@Azure or a similar multicloud setup could work for your business, get in touch for a chat – we’re the only Oracle and Microsoft CSP in the UK, so we’re well-positioned to offer advice and support on how to get the most from both platforms. 

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