Oracle adds a new chapter to the multicloud story through a cloud database service with Microsoft

It was inevitable in a multicloud world that cloud providers would start to combine services into a seamless whole for customers, and two major IT industry heavyweights took a step in that direction this month.

Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced on Wednesday the availability of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, an alliance that will provide Azure Cloud customers with simplified direct access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or OCI. With the new arrangement, Azure users can provision and monitor Oracle database services in OCI. Customers can also build applications on Azure and connect to Oracle services, such as Autonomous Database.

The announcement stems from a common set of customers and continued enterprise interest in multicloud solutions, according to an Oracle executive.

“Microsoft and Oracle share a huge base of enterprise customers,” said Karan Batta (pictured, left), vice president of product management at OCI for Oracle. “The same customers who use Office 365 are the same customers who store their critical data on Oracle Database. Multicloud has become the right approach for many of our customers to be able to run applications on different cloud providers in a very easy way. With this new announcement, we are reducing the complexity of connecting items together. »

Batta spoke with Dave Vellante, Industry Analyst for SiliconANGLE Media’s live video studio theCUBE, in an exclusive interview. He was joined by Kris Rice (pictured, right), vice president of software development at Oracle Database, and they discussed details of the announcement and how cloud providers will continue to improve the multicloud model .

Build on previous partnership

The latest announcement builds on a previous alliance formed by the two companies three years ago. In 2019, Microsoft unveiled Oracle Interconnect for Azure, a service that enabled interoperability between the two clouds.

“The feedback we got from customers was that it was a big step in the right direction, but they needed more, Batta said. “This experience leverages the physical interconnect on the data center side by providing customers with an Azure-like experience that allows them to deploy Oracle databases in a consistent manner with their Azure applications.”

This means an opportunity for Azure customers to take full advantage of Oracle’s various services, including its flagship Autonomous Database. Oracle released a number of enhancements to its standalone offering in March that enabled organizations to consolidate applications and databases onto high-performance cloud infrastructure.

“The initial offering is going to have all the flavors of Oracle Database Cloud,” Rice noted. “This is going to include Autonomous from the start. For customers who want to start tires on an Oracle database link with Azure, there is no faster path than using Autonomous.

Transition Services

Thanks to the latest alliance with Microsoft, Oracle believes it goes beyond the common understanding of a multicloud model. Multicloud usually means multivendor, but this month’s news bridges the services these vendors can provide and extends computing capabilities.

“A lot of customers consider themselves multicloud if they’re running two clouds,” Rice said. “We’re talking about a multicloud workload where a compute node on cloud ‘A’ communicates with a database on Oracle. Then you get into stack observability so you can monitor and react to how things are going.

The new service is designed to allow Azure users to connect to their OCI tenancy with just a few mouse clicks. The links between the two cloud environments are automatically configured, creating a smoother experience for users.

“What other cloud providers can do is make sure they deliver experiences that hide all the plumbing under the covers so the customer doesn’t have to learn new things,” Batta said. “It takes the complexity out of learning new clouds; this is the biggest challenge customers have. They can focus on their business value, which is running the application and running the database. »

Common support

Businesses don’t want to waste time dealing with support issues. When Oracle and Microsoft unveiled Interconnect three years ago, the two companies laid the foundation for a customer support network.

“Building on the interconnect from 2019, we have this collaborative support model,” Rice noted. “In this new console we’ve built, you can file a ticket and immediately both parties will be aware of the context and what’s going on so we can fix the issues.”

Interconnect has been adopted by approximately 300 organizations in 11 regions around the world, according to Oracle. This kind of growth bodes well for future joint initiatives as customers continue to embrace a multicloud world.

“The capability we’ve built isn’t specific to Azure,” Batta said. “I think it will be in the interest of all cloud providers to work together in the future.”

Here’s the full video interview, and be sure to check out more CUBE conversations from SiliconANGLE and theCUBE.

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