Microsoft-Oracle deal: What you need to know

Microsoft-Oracle deal: What you need to know

Summary: 'Frenemies' Microsoft and Oracle just cemented a new partnership. Here's what is really new and worth knowing about the alliance.


Microsoft and Oracle announced a lot of piece parts with their June 24 partnership around Azure and Oracle databases and middleware.


Here's your Cliffs Notes version: Oracle apps are now certified to run on Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Windows Azure. Up until today, they were only certified to run on Windows Server. Oracle Linux also gets added to the list of Linux varianst supported in Azure's VMs, too.

Microsoft already has been certifying its own applications on Windows Azure, including its SQL Server database. (Here's a list of which versions of various database, security and other enterprise products are certified as running on Azure's persistent virtual machines.) Now Oracle's own databases and its WebLogic middleware are added to that list.

Microsoft already has supported Java development on Windows Azure. Today, Oracle and Microsoft said they'd take Java support a step further, with Oracle certifying Java to run on Hyper-V and Windows Azure.

"It's about time. We're happy to work in newer and more constructive ways with Oracle," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during a call with press and analysts about the new partnership. (Microsoft and Oracle are more than just software rivals; there's some very, very bad history between the two, for those who haven't followed along from home.)

Why did Microsoft and Oracle announce this partnership today -- beyond the fact that Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison kind of pre-announced it last week during Oracle's earnings call? After all, Oracle already had a long-standing partnership with Amazon so that its apps run on AWS. Rackspace, another Microsoft competitor, just announced today increased support of MongoDB on its cloud platform.

Is there another cloud shoe about to drop with Google? I have no idea. But I'm thinking the cloud-app certification wars are the next battleground ....

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, Virtualization, Windows Server


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Microsoft has always been interested in making its OS run Oracle well

    Microsoft want customers to think of Windows (and now Azure) whenever they think of running Oracle. It's actually pretty good at managing "coopetition" with its "fenemies".

    If you think about it, Microsoft has some sort of partnership arrangement with just about major player in the technology space (well, at least the pre-Web 2.0 era major players - Google, for example, would be in the "not so much" column).
    • Plus this is just for the laggards who don't get the cloud

      It's targeted at the iaas segment that is just moving their old client server architecture to hosted servers. For those who grok the paas cloud architecture SQL azure and azure tables are the SQL and nosql solutions. You would want to use Oracle or SQL server for that.
      Johnny Vegas
      • @ Johnny Vegas

        Great deal actually!

        There are some half a million or even one million enterprise businesss running Oracle database server with the 3-tier architectures. This is MSFT's opportunity to move them to Azure while Oracle still gets the license fee. All while letting Microsoft collect the data center rent.

        The deal may apply equally well to both IAAS and PAAS environments but it may suit large enterprise customers better to move and manage the Oracle database and Java application servers at a physical vm/server/storage/network level than with PAAS.

        I expect the Azure VM business to kick off even better with this deal to meet or beat Amazon EC2.
  • Microsoft-Oracle deal: What you need to know

    All you have to do is figure out, is how to avoid another attempt at a lockin by those two greedy companies...............Period

    End Of Story......Period
    Over and Out
    • locking of what?

      why do you need to say that?
      giving more options to the customers sounds like locking to you?
      this conversation is about enterprise software not some android or iOS garbage.
      Grow up!
      • Guru.Land...says grow up and Microsoft & Oracle say all the way

        To the bank. And I say grow up Guru.Land....yah you sound like a Grru
        Over and Out
      • End of story... Period

        Combine that closed minded statement and the user name. You will not get any meaningful discussion from them.
    • You need to change your ID to something more suitable, like...


      That ID would be a lot more suitable for the kind of comments you always make.
  • I Wonder Who Will Shaft Who?

    Companies that enter into deals with Microsoft tend to come off second-best.

    I wonder if the same is true of Oracle?
    • Wouldn't all companies want to imitate Microsoft,

      where they make so many products and services, and everybody else comes in at second best?

      I don't know about you, but, if I were going to create anything, I'd want to make everybody else come in second best.

      Microsoft has made Apple second best for the better part of 3 decades, and Google is trying very hard to be like Microsoft, which means that, Google too is tired of coming in second best.

      BTW, second best is not that bad, when the second best are still making billions in profits per year.
  • Red Hat / Open Stack

    I guess that open software is their common threat. Perhaps the best way to defeat it is to harness the network effect.