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Windows Azure Can Now Run Oracle Software

When Microsoft announced last summer it had reached an agreement to run the Oracle database, WebLogic middleware and Java on Windows Azure, it seemed as though two worlds were colliding. After all, the two companies have maintained a bitter rivalry over the years, though tensions have eased recently as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has had bigger fish to fry -- like IBM, SAP and Salesforce.com.

Following nine months of development, Microsoft on Thursday said Windows Server-based virtual machine images of Oracle solutions are now available on Microsoft's cloud offerings. Licenses are included with the VM images and can be accessed in the Windows Azure Management Console. When logging in, administrators can click New, then select Compute, followed by Virtual Machine and then From Gallery, which then lets them chose images. Among those now available are:

Oracle Databases

  • Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle Database 11g R2 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Oracle Database 11g R2 Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2

Weblogic

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2

Combined Oracle Database/Weblogic VM Images

  • Oracle Database 12c and WebLogic Server 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle Database 12c and WebLogic Server 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
  • Oracle Database 11g and WebLogic Server 11g Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Oracle Database 11g and WebLogic Server 11g Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2

Java

  • JDK 7 on Windows Server 2012
  • JDK 6 on Windows Server 2012
  • Java Platforms, Standard Edition

Although Windows Azure already supported Java, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was president of Microsoft's server and tools business last year at the time of the announcement, had pointed out its Java support was based on the OpenJDK. For those who wanted to use Oracle's Java license, the partnership offers a fully licensed and supported Java on Windows Azure. "We think this makes Java much more first class with Oracle support on Windows Azure." Nadella said at the time.

While Microsoft's initial deal had made the Oracle software available from Oracle back in September, Thursday's announcement makes it available on the Windows Server stack as well.

Do you plan to run any Oracle software on Windows Azure?

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 03/14/2014 at 12:19 PM


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