Microsoft and Oracle cloud services unite to take down AWS

The two tech giants form an alliance to bring their two services together using high-speed links between data centers


Microsoft and Oracle have entered into a new alliance in which their two cloud computing services will attempt to compete with dominate market player Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The new agreement will see the two services work together via high-speed links between their data centers as they attempt to target big business users. The tech giants said that they would begin their new relationship by linking facilities in eastern US before spreading to other regions. With the new partnership, Microsoft and Oracle users will be able to log into services from either company using a single username in addition to receiving tech support from both firms.

"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," remarked Microsoft cloud chief Scott Guthrie.

Don Johnson, executive vice-president of the cloud infrastructure unit at Oracle, added: "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."

For Microsoft, the union comes during a period where it is announcing a number of alliances with other tech firms, such as its recent open data alliance with SAP and Adobe, as well as an unexpected gaming partnership with Sony last month .  

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