Cloud buddies

Wouldn't it be fun if the cloud actually looked like this?

Microsoft and Oracle announced today that their clouds will soon be one in the same -- well, sort of. As a result of a new partnership, the two companies will be linking their once competing products via a direct network connection so that users will be able to move workloads and data between the two with ease. 

As TechCrunch's Frederic Larinois explained:

This kind of alliance is relatively unusual between what are essentially competing clouds, but while Oracle wants to be seen as a major player in this space, it also realizes that it isn’t likely to get to the size of an AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud anytime soon. 

He also pointed out that this move includes "identity interoperability," which will make it possible for users to do things like run Oracle E-Business Suite on Azure while using an Oracle database in the Oracle cloud.

“As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95 percent of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division. “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.”

For more information, check out the press release here.

Further reading:

Oracle Database Software

Azure vs. AWS: Comparing Services for Your Cloud Database