Red and blue

Oracle and Microsoft joint-offering is on

Lucy Carey

Combative software giants have formed a friendly alliance to take on the forces of AWS.


As we reported last
, Amazon has done very, very
well for itself in forging a lofty new empire in the cloud.
Since the company expanded its repertoire from books to business
services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) have risen to dominate the
sector, breaking the
$1 billion barrier
in Q3 2013 alone – something it took
Microsoft an entire year to achieve

It seems like there are new business stories every day
from vendors looking to get a toe in this burgeoning market, be it
through PaaS, DaaS, SaaS or any other permutation of cloud

But whilst other players in the space may be
monopolising the headlines, AWS continues to absorb the bulk of the
users, leaving its competitors to scrabble in its dust. Some
analysts are even predicting a “devastating
crunch for cloudy service providers as vendors frantically undercut
their rates to woo in the crowds.

former rivals
Oracle and Microsoft put their
heads together in a bid to get one up over on the AWS behemoth.
Last Thursday, the Windows Azure team announced general
availability of Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java
on the Microsoft cloud offering, available in in
“license-included virtual machine images”

Although Amazon currently offers Oracle Database
on its all powerful cloud, users can only access the Standard
Edition, priced at  $3.14 per hour on a db.m2.4xlarge

The Azure team wrote that, “Whether you’re an
Oracle administrator or a Java developer, you now have additional
flexibility and the confidence that your Oracle software on Windows
Azure will be fully supported by Oracle.”

The Oracle addition to the Azure cloud was first
last summer
. Satya Nadella, president of
Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, commented that the venture,
“makes Java much more first class with the Oracle support on

The service starts at a modest
$60 a month
for a one-core instance running
Java SE, all the way up to a $9,397 a month ($12.63 per hour)
option for an eight-core Oracle Database Enterprise

Latterly, Oracle has focused its attentions on
orienting its services to subscription-based online software over
the realm of
the desktop
. It’s also buried the hatchet
and signed on for a nine year partnership with market mover and
shaker Salesforce.

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