Microsoft and Oracle form an alliance to combat Amazon

Oracle and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that two have formed an alliance with regard to their cloud computing services. The teaming up of Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud is said to increase the ambit and efficiency of their cloud services, since go-it-alone approach wasn’t working for them. The California-based Oracle issued a statement that the software makers would connect their data centres with high-speed links and network to start the facility.

The companies would first start the facility in eastern United States and later spread it to the other regions. The companies said that customers would require a single log-in to access either system.

Once industry rivals, have united not only to increase their hold over the market but also to combat the Amazon Web Services. AWS is currently leading the global cloud business with the control over 30% of the market. Microsoft Azure has the second-largest share of the market, around 15%, with IBM Cloud and Google Cloud rounding at third and fourth position in the market.

Industry analyst called it a direct ‘jab’ at AWS. It is believed that both the companies would benefit out of this partnership, as they would get access to larger market share and would also be able to cut cost by outsourcing expensive hosting, security and storage costs. The alliance would also improve the experience for customers and would be able to meet requirement of some organizations to use multiple cloud platforms at once.

The move comes as both Oracle and Microsoft target for large businesses and government customers considering transferring computing tasks, currently handled in their own data centers, to cloud providers.

“With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,” Microsoft’s cloud chief Scott Guthrie said in a statement.

“With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” Don Johnson, executive vice president of Oracle’s cloud infrastructure unit, said in a statement.

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