Microsoft and Oracle may compete head to head in many ways within the database realm, but today the two companies performed the most sweeping cross-join ever as executives from the two companies announced a broad partnership around cloud computing. In a conference call this afternoon, 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.
Oracle has moved to certify and support its products, including Oracle WebLogic, the Oracle database, and Oracle Linux, for Azure and Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor. "At the highest level, this partnership extends Oracle's support of Windows Server to also include Windows Hyper-V and Windows Azure as supported platforms," Ballmer said.
Oracle will provide full license mobility, Ballmer added, so that customers can move existing Oracle software licenses from on-premises physical or virtual servers to virtual servers on Hyper-V and in the Azure cloud. "There's an immediate benefit for our customers," he said. Support of Oracle's database and application server products, and of Oracle Linux, is available immediately starting today.