Connecting Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud in the UK and Canada

Posted on 19 December, 2019

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure

In June 2019, Microsoft announced a cloud interoperability collaboration with Oracle that will enable our customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

At Oracle OpenWorld in September, the cross-cloud collaboration was a big part of the conversation. Since then, we have fielded interest from mutual customers who want to accelerate their cloud adoption across both Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Customers are interested in running their Oracle database and enterprise applications on Azure and in the scenarios enabled by the industry’s first cross-cloud interconnect implementation between Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Many are also excited about our announcement to integrate Microsoft Teams with Oracle Cloud Applications. We have already enabled the integration of Azure Active Directory with Oracle Cloud Applications and continue to break new ground while engaging with customers and partners.

Interest from the partner community

Partners like Accenture are very supportive of the collaboration between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Accenture recently published a white paper, articulating their own perspective and hands-on experiences while configuring the connectivity between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Another Microsoft and Oracle partner who expressed interest early on is SYSCO. SYSCO is a European IT-company specializing in solutions for the utilities sector. They offer unique industry expertise combined with highly skilled technology experts within AI and analytics, cloud, infrastructure, and applications. SYSCO is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform partner and a Platinum Oracle partner.

In August 2019, we introduced the ability to interconnect Microsoft Azure (UK South) and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in London, UK providing our joint customers access to a direct, low-latency, and highly reliable network connection between Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Prior to that, for partners like SYSCO, the ability to leverage this new collaboration between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud was out of reach.

“The Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Interconnect announcement is one of the best announcements in years for our customers! A direct link provides the Microsoft / Oracle cloud interconnect with a new option for all customers using proprietary business applications. With our expertise across both Microsoft and Oracle, we are thrilled to be one of the first partners to pilot this together with our customers in the utilities industry in Norway.”–Frank Vikingstad VP International – SYSCO

Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure interconnect in Toronto, Canada

Today we are announcing that we have extended the Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure interconnect to include the Azure Canada Central region and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure region in Toronto, Canada.

“This unique Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure solution delivers the performance, easy integration, rigorous service level agreements, and collaborative enterprise support that enterprise IT departments need to simplify their operations. We’ve been pleased by the demand for the interconnected cloud solution by our mutual customers around the world and are thrilled to extend these capabilities to our Canadian customers.” –Clive D’Souza, Sr. Director and Head of Product Management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

What this means for you

In addition to being able to run certified Oracle databases and applications on Azure, you now have access to new migration and deployment scenarios enabled by the interconnect. For example, you can rely on tested, validated, and supported deployments of Oracle applications on Azure with Oracle databases, Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Exadata, deployed in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can also run custom applications on Azure backed by Oracle’s Autonomous Database on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

To learn more about the collaboration between Oracle and Microsoft and how you can run Oracle applications on Azure please refer to our website.