Microsoft and Oracle, working together, who would have thought? The two companies are steadfast competitor with one another, at least the latter has been locked in intense competition with the Redmond based technology firm.
But that’s not to say that the two cloud giants do not work together.
This is an extension of that broad partnership that was announced last year.
And it sees the creation of a new cloud interconnect location in Amsterdam, which will enable businesses to share data across applications running in Azure and Oracle Cloud — excellent news for local companies that rely on software from both companies.
In the words of Andrew Sutherland, SVP EMEA Oracle Cloud:
“Our new interconnect in Amsterdam is good news for many businesses that rely on software from both companies. They can share applications and it will make it faster and easier for customers to run a combination of Oracle and Microsoft software. They can divide up workloads as needed across our enterprise-class cloud. We are continuing to provide highly reliable network connectivity and therefore first-class customer service and support that enterprises have come to expect.”
While Microsoft has been winning a number of cloud battles across all spheres lately, things have not been quite as rosy for Oracle, which managed just 3% growth in cloud services and license support in its most recent quarter.
Q2 Fiscal 2020 numbers came in at $6.8 billion in revenue, compared to $6.6 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.
As with the existing US connection, this new development means that enterprises can build workloads that interoperate between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud regions within the European Union data jurisdiction. The two companies have also integrated identity and access management.
The aim for the company is to make 36 Gen 2 cloud regions available to customers by the end of 2020, with a minimum of two regions for every country Oracle operates in.
Long way to go, but then again, these are but the first steps.