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Oracle and Microsoft, set for a joint cloud platform!

Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced a deeper interoperability of their clouds, allowing customers to more easily run projects across the two platforms!

The deal reflects an evolving market in which customers use multiple clouds and decline to be locked in to a single service

Customers typically use multiple clouds, and cloud platform providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are adapting to that multi-cloud environment

*Oracle tweet on clouds joint-venture 

About two-thirds of enterprise-level companies use multiple clouds, according to a May 2021 report by Boston Consulting Group.

The Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure was announced today at Microsoft Inspire, an online event for Microsoft partners.

It builds on an integration introduced in 2019, known as Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure. That earlier step connected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. It required a fair amount of effort and technical expertise on the part of customers to make it work, the companies said.

“The ability to benefit from both clouds, and the flexibility, is a real win for customers,” said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president of Microsoft Cloud for Industry and Global Expansion.

The new service connects Oracle’s database service directly to the Azure cloud, eliminating custom work that previously would have been required.

In reality,

that means an Oracle database user can move data easily to the Microsoft Azure cloud and have access to Microsoft tools such as Azure Synapse, which analyzes the data, the companies said.

There are no fees associated with data transfer between the two cloud platforms, although customers will pay for other services beyond data transfer, such as Azure Synapse or the self-tuning and patching Oracle Autonomous Database

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