Deal to certify Oracle’s database, server and Java tools to run Hyper-V and Azure is meant to give cloud computing customers more choice, says Microsoft, Oracle

Oracle software to run on Windows Azure, Hyper-V

Business users will soon be able to run Oracle Corp. software on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure, following a partnership between the enterprise software company and Microsoft Corp.

In a joint statement today, the two companies said the deal will help their customers “embrace cloud computing” by providing greater choice and flexibility.

“Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid clouds offer for their Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for year,” Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT) said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the statement said Oracle will certify its software – including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server – for use on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Oracle will also make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.

For its part, Microsoft will offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers

“Our customers’ IT environments are changing rapidly to meet the dynamic nature of the world today,” said Mark Hurd, president of Oracle. “At Oracle we are committed to providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premise, as well as public, private and hybrid clouds.”
 
Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) and Oracle also announced today a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.
 
Salesforce.com plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database, and Java Middleware Platform. Oracle plans to integrate salesforce.com with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, and provide the core technology to power salesforce.com’s applications and platform.
Salesforce.com will also implement Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout the company.

In 2011, Oracle announced a similar agreement with Amazon Web Service which made oracle’s database available for deployment on AWS. Only Oracle Standard Edition One, which had limited features, was made available under the license-included pay-as-you-go model offered.

An earlier agreement also allowed customers to use Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Enterprise Linux to build enterprise-grade solutions in the cloud, leveraging the virtually unlimited compute power and storage of AWS.
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