Oracle software on Microsoft Azure gets a GA date

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12 February 2014 | 0

Oracle’s database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced in June 2013.

A general availability (GA) date of 12 March has been set for Windows-based software images of the products, which have been in preview, Microsoft said on the Azure web site.

While there have been no additional fees for the preview versions, this will change starting 12 March. Customers who want to avoid Oracle-related charges for these “license included” virtual images must shut them down before that date, Microsoft said. Windows Server VMs in which the images run are charged for separately.

Purely pay-as-you-go customers will not see much discounting for higher usage of Oracle’s software on Azure.

For example, for a single virtual core running the enterprise edition of Oracle’s database, Microsoft will charge customers $1.18 (€0.86) per hour, while an eight virtual core instance is priced at $9.41 (€6.70) per hour.

However, through 30 June, Oracle’s software will be available through Microsoft’s six and 12-month commitment plans, which offer discounts.

It is also possible for Oracle customers to bring licenses they already have to Azure and pay Microsoft only for the underlying infrastructure costs.

Meanwhile, Oracle has been rolling out its own platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings, which prompted some observers to call the Azure partnership a classic case of strange bedfellows.

The reality is somewhat different, Oracle co-president Mark Hurd said at the time of the announcement. Customers simply “are committed to a lot of Microsoft technology,” he said. “It just makes sense for us to continue to improve our own capabilities but also allow customers the ability to leverage both of our capabilities together.”

Moreover, Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS products seem geared toward the heaviest users of its database and middleware. Customers have self-service options but Oracle is also rolling out higher-end managed service levels as well.



Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service 

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