Oracle Database@Azure Expansion: Committing to the Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle are expanding their partnership to enable businesses to migrate to the cloud easier, helping customers meet mission-critical demand

With cloud migration offering businesses much flexibility and scalability, organisations are keen to invest to scale their digital transformations. With this in mind, Microsoft and Oracle aim to satisfy such global demands by expanding their partnership to meet growing customer needs for Oracle Database@Azure.

The platform will be expanding to five more regions, bringing the total planned multi-cloud availability footprint to 15 regions globally. With Oracle’s database expertise and Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure, the partnership expansion allows businesses to leverage the strengths of both companies’ cloud offerings.

Additionally, businesses will be able to mitigate their existing Oracle databases to the cloud more easily, combining Oracle Database with other Azure services.

The importance of multi-cloud environments  

A recent study found that businesses continue to increase their adoption of cloud and multi-cloud environments, with around two-thirds (62%) of organisations today currently using multiple clouds, with a further 18% actively in the process of transitioning to a multi-cloud environment.

As a result, organisations can reduce cost, improve agility, reduce risk and gain access to better infrastructure.

With Oracle Database@Azure running on OCI in Azure data centres, customers should be able to benefit from flexible options to simplify and accelerate migrating their Oracle databases to the cloud. This includes compatibility with proven migration tools like Oracle Zero-Downtime Migration.

Other offerings include:
  • Higher performance, scale and availability, along with feature and pricing parity with OCI
  • The security that comes with a unified operating environment (data centre)
  • Consistency with on-premises deployments of Oracle Database and Oracle Exadata to reduce the need to re-architect or refactor solutions
  • The ability to build new cloud-native applications using OCI and Azure technologies
  • Unified customer experience and support from Oracle and Microsoft
  • Simplified purchasing via the Azure Marketplace, and the ability to leverage Oracle and Microsoft licences, commitments and discount programmes
  • A unified service and architecture

The service will also allow enterprises to deliver Oracle services through Azure’s console. This will allow both businesses to move mission-critical workloads to the cloud, which will support their growing customer momentum.

Erin Chapple, Microsoft CVP Azure Infrastructure Product and Design, says: “Bringing Oracle Database@Azure to Europe will enable customers in the region to locally employ Oracle database services running on OCI hardware deployed in Azure datacenters for the first time.

“The expansion of our collaboration with Oracle demonstrates our mutual commitment to help customers streamline the migration of workloads to the cloud so they can combine the best of Oracle with the breadth of Microsoft cloud services, like Azure AI, to empower business innovation.”

To meet the growing customer demand in 2024, the service will further run in the Australia East, Brazil South, Canada Central, France Central, Central India, Italy North, Japan East, Southeast Asia, Sweden Central, United Kingdom South, Central United States, South Central United States and United Arab Emirates North cloud regions.

Microsoft and Oracle first expanded their partnership in September 2023 to deliver Oracle database services in Azure, with OCI running in Microsoft Azure data centres. Additionally, both companies also grew their relationship to meet the huge, ever-increasing demand for artificial intelligence (AI) services. 

“We are energised by the Global 500 companies in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and more that are already utilising Oracle Database@Azure,” says Karan Batta, Senior Vice President at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “The increased uptick in demand and emerging and unified use cases across OCI and Microsoft Azure demonstrate just how important the multi-cloud deployments are for our joint customers.”

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