Oracle Forms Partnerships with Microsoft,

Oracle expanded its partnerships with key cloud vendors. Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have formed a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle.

In addition, and Oracle also announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure. plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database, and Java Middleware Platform. Oracle plans to integrate with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, and provide the core technology to power's applications and platform. will also implement Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout the company.

As part of the Microsoft partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.

“Our customers’ IT environments are changing rapidly to meet the dynamic nature of the world today,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd, in a statement in which he commented on the Microsoft partnership. “At Oracle, we are committed to providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premises, as well as public, private, and hybrid clouds. This collaboration with Microsoft extends our partnership and is important for the benefit of our customers.”

The Microsoft and Salesforce partnerships follow the joint Dell-Oracle announcement earlier this month of an expanded worldwide alliance, through which the two companies said they will introduce a new x86 infrastructure offering that combines Dell’s hardware with Oracle’s software. Positioned as an extension of this engineered systems strategy, as part of the agreement, Oracle named Dell a preferred x86 partner, and Dell named Oracle a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner. With the new offering, the companies said, Dell customers will gain access to Oracle’s infrastructure technologies, including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, that are optimized to run on x86 solutions from Dell. In addition, the two companies will streamline customer support offerings to provide companies of all sizes with a single point of contact from Dell for all support-related needs.

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