Oracle-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Can Change the Way Cloud Computing Operates


As the two Cloud giants partner, it will bring in new changes in the maturity of cloud computing and the way enterprises work.

Earlier this month, Microsoft and Oracle announced the creation of a cloud interoperability partnership that will enable enterprises to migrate and run mission-critical workloads across Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure. According to the partnering companies, enterprises can seamlessly connect Azure’s AI and Analytics, to Oracle’s Autonomous Database.

This partnership is proving to be a one-stop-shop of the cloud services as well as applications for businesses. It enables customers to run a part of the workload within Azure and another part within the Oracle Cloud, providing a highly optimized, best-of-both-clouds experience.

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According to experts, senior leadership executives who understood the new growth trajectories that the partnership can create likely lead the partnership. The cloud market is experiencing rapid change as it places the IT vendor community back on its heels. According to an ESG survey report, over 75% of organizations are evaluating, planning, or have already begun initial implementations of hybrid clouds.

“With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,” stated Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division in the announcement press release.

Experts have observed that it is not the just the cloud partnership that has been announced. Considering all the other announcements too, it adds up to fundamental changes in the cloud space and the way organizations work. This partnership is an indication that the cloud market has reached maturity. The technology infrastructure is complex and multi-tiered, and it will be short sighted for a cloud vendor to think of winning all assets within a company, especially the large enterprise customers. If the vendors force customers to make unnecessary and painful platform changes, they might end up losing those customers to entirely new competitors.

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When the majority of the established database management software vendors hosted their on-premises tech in their cloud, Microsoft made a huge bet and chose to start over and build their tech cloud-first. This was expensive as the platforms were not equal, as well as, migration required re-architecture. But now Microsoft offers a superior platform. For Oracle, as it moves to the cloud with its Autonomous Database, it makes it easier for their customers using Microsoft’s BI and AI services. Experts consider this for Oracle, as better to get half a loaf of enterprise services than none.

“As we look to bring our Omni channel experience closer together and transform the technology platform that powers the Gap Inc. brands, the collaboration between Oracle and Microsoft will make it easier for us to scale and deliver capabilities across channels,” said Sally Gilligan, chief information officer at Gap. “The interoperability between Azure and Oracle Cloud allows us to deploy Oracle or custom-built applications on Azure and Oracle databases on Oracle Cloud.”

Experts have pointed out that in order to reap the rewards from the hybrid cloud, companies need to make a more significant commitment to ‘automate everything.’

Microsoft and Oracle have won market-share for decades by integrating competing technologies. This hence, makes the alliance a necessity to protect the established market share.

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Meeta Ramnani is the Senior Editor with OnDot Media. She writes about technologies including AI, IoT, Cloud, Big Data, Blockchain across various industries with a focus on Digital Transformation. An avid bike rider, Meeta, is a postgraduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, where her specialization was Business Journalism. She carries four years of experience in mainstream print media where she worked as a correspondent with The Times Group and Sakal Media Group in Pune.