Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has deployed its Oracle database services in the Microsoft Azure East US region's data centers.

Customers can now access the new Oracle Database@Azure service, which covers all the abilities of the Oracle Database, alongside Azure services such as the OpenAI Service for generative AI applications.

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Plans for the Oracle Database@Azure were first shared in September 2023, with Oracle announcing it had signed an agreement to colocate its Exadata database-optimized servers and Real Application Clusters in Microsoft Azure data centers.

While initially only available in the East US region, the offering will become available in the Germany Central, Australia East, France Central, Canada Central, Brazil South, Japan East, UK South, Central US, and South Central US regions throughout 2024. Each deployment will run across two Azure availability zones.

Customers will be able to easily move their Oracle databases to the cloud and take advantage of Azure's infrastructure, tooling, and services.

"Exadata is the most effective platform to run the Oracle Database and this service provides Microsoft Azure users with the best of all possible worlds," said Carl Olofson, research vice president of data management software, IDC. "Clearly, Oracle and Azure have embraced a multi-cloud strategy for the ultimate benefit of their mutual customers."

Karan Batta, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, said: "Oracle and Microsoft are making it simpler for customers to accelerate their data center exits and migrate their on-premises Oracle estate to the cloud.

"Together with Microsoft, we're eliminating some of the biggest challenges our customers face using best-of-breed technologies and adopting multi-cloud architectures."

In 2019, the two companies launched an integration enabling customers to run computing jobs across both clouds, which necessitated direct fiber links between their data centers. In 2022, Oracle software was made available in the Azure Portal.

In November 2023, Oracle Cloud and Microsoft signed a multi-year agreement that will see Microsoft using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for AI inferencing for its Bing search service.

During Oracle's Q2 2024 earnings call this week, CTO Larry Ellison shared that the company is expanding 66 of its existing cloud data centers, and building 100 new cloud facilities. This same announcement saw Ellison state that Oracle would be launching in 20 Microsoft data centers in the coming months, totaling more than 2,000 servers.