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Oracle and Microsoft Rolling Out Database Service for Azure

AUSTIN, Texas and REDMOND, Wash. — Oracle and Microsoft are partnering on a new database offering.

Oracle and Microsoft announced the general availability of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, according to the companies this month.

With the service, Microsoft Azure customers can provision, access, and monitor enterprise-grade Oracle Database services on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with a “familiar experience.”

Users can migrate or build applications on Azure and then connect to the high-performance, high-availability, managed Oracle Database services, such as Autonomous Database running on OCI.

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Previously, Oracle and Microsoft partnered in 2019 to deliver Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure. Hundreds of organizations have used the private and secure interconnections in 11 global regions.

Microsoft and Oracle are extending their collaboration to “further simplify” the multicloud experience with Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. 

Many joint customers want to choose the best services across cloud providers to optimize performance and scalability to accelerate their business modernization efforts, according to the companies.

The database service

Oracle Database Service for Azure builds on the core capabilities of the Oracle Interconnect for Azure and enables any customer to more easily integrate workloads on Microsoft Azure with Oracle Database services on OCI. 

With Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, users can connect their Azure subscriptions to their OCI tenancy. The service automatically configures everything required to link the two cloud environments and federates Azure Active Directory identities for Azure customers to use the service. It also provides a familiar dashboard for Oracle Database Services on OCI using Azure terminology and monitoring with Azure Application Insights.

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There are no charges for using the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure or data egress or ingress when moving data between OCI and Azure. 

Customers will pay only for the other Azure or Oracle services they consume, such as Azure Synapse or Oracle Autonomous Database.

“A long history”

“Microsoft and Oracle have a long history of working together to support the needs of our joint customers, and this partnership is an example of how we offer customer choice and flexibility as they digitally transform with cloud technology,” said Corey Sanders, corporate VP, Microsoft Cloud for industry and global expansion. 

“Oracle’s decision to select Microsoft as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies and provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders.”

Clay Magouyrk, EVP of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, said there’s a “well-known myth that you can’t run real applications across two clouds.”

“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,” Magouyrk said. “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.”

Tech partnerships

Oracle established other tech-based partnerships with companies in the last year: with Commvault on Metallic data management-as-a-service (DMaaS) on OCI; and VMware on Oracle Cloud VMware solution.

Microsoft also established partnerships with tech companies in the last year, such as with New York-based Kyndryl, an IT infrastructure services provider, on digital transformation for customers, including a co-innovation lab.

Oracle in the database market

Oracle holds the No. 3 position in the database management system (DBMS) market, with a 20.6% share in 2021, behind Microsoft at No. 1 with 24%, and AWS at No. 2 with 23.9%, according to the Gartner.

Oracle reported fiscal year 2022 total revenue of $42.4 billion, a 5% year-over-year increase.

The cloud provider also reported fiscal year 2022 cloud services and license support revenues of $30.2 billion, a 5% year-over-year increase. 

Oracle offers various versions of its Oracle Database, such as Oracle Base Database Service, Oracle Exadata Database Service, and Oracle NoSQL Database Service.

Growth of the cloud database and DBaaS market

The global cloud database and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market was valued at an estimated $12 billion in 2020, and it is predicted to reach $24.8 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7%, according to Markets and Markets.

The market’s growth is being driven partly by the rise in data generation volumes across industries and database workloads, with the consumer goods and retail segments in particular pushing growth, Markets and Markets reports.

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