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Microsoft and Oracle have jointly announced a cloud interoperability alliance that enables customers to deploy mission-critical enterprise workloads that span their respective Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud environments.


  • While Oracle intends to continue competing with the hyperscale cloud providers, it recognizes that its cloud strategy will be best served by focusing on its strengths, including its autonomous database and its cloud application portfolio.
  • For Microsoft, the agreement increases the scope of its cloud partnership arrangements, enables access to the significant Oracle database market, and provides increased choice for the large number of joint Microsoft and Oracle customers.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyze the substance of the cloud alliance between Oracle and Microsoft, and the impact that it will have for their joint customers.
  • Learn about customer demands for interoperability in a multicloud environment, and how Oracle and Microsoft are reacting.
  • Identify the relative strengths of Oracle and Microsoft's cloud propositions, and how these can complement each other.

Key questions answered

  • What will Oracle and Microsoft's cloud alliance mean for their joint customers?
  • How will Oracle and Microsoft's cloud alliance impact the competitive cloud landscape?
  • What benefits will Oracle and Microsoft customers accrue from their partnership?

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  • Summary
  • Oracle and Microsoft adopt a federated approach to application interoperability in the cloud
  • Oracle and Microsoft's new-found interoperability offers cloud customers the best of both worlds
  • Customer demand will drive service evolution and future partnerships


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