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Oracle Magazine
September/October 2013



Partnering in the Cloud

by Diana Reichardt


Oracle enters into agreements with Microsoft,, and NetSuite.

In a series of strategic announcements, Oracle recently introduced three partnerships to deliver better integration and flexibility to cloud users. The alliances with Microsoft,, and NetSuite address the applications, platform, and infrastructure tiers of cloud computing.

“These partnerships in the cloud I think will reshape the cloud and reshape the perception of Oracle technology in the cloud,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison during the company’s June 20, 2013, earnings call.

Run Oracle Software on Windows Server and Azure

These partnerships . . . will reshape the cloud and reshape the perception of Oracle technology in the cloud.
Larry Ellison,
CEO, Oracle

Oracle and Microsoft announced a partnership that will enable organizations to run and deploy Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. As part of the agreement, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software, including Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server, on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer these software products to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers. 

“Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware, and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.”

Integrate Clouds

Oracle and announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership in which plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Oracle Exadata engineered systems, Oracle Database, and the Java middleware platform. Oracle plans to integrate with Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management and Oracle Financials Cloud applications, and provide the core technology to power’s applications and platform. will also implement Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management and Oracle Financials Cloud applications throughout the company.

Next Steps

Read about the partnerships
 Oracle and Microsoft
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 Oracle and NetSuite

“When customers choose cloud applications, they expect rapid low-cost implementations; they also expect application integrations to work right out of the box—even when the applications are from different vendors,” Ellison explained. “That’s why Marc [ CEO Marc Benioff] and I believe it’s important that our two companies work together to make it happen, and integrate the and Oracle clouds.”

Create Competitive Advantage

Oracle and NetSuite announced a strategic alliance focused on plans to deliver integrated human capital management (HCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud services for midsize customers.

Oracle plans to develop a product integration and go-to-market strategy with NetSuite for Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management Cloud Service and NetSuite Cloud ERP to deliver a single, integrated solution that seamlessly connects human resources and finance systems for midsize customers. For large organizations where Oracle Human Capital Management applications are already deployed, two-tier deployments of NetSuite in smaller subsidiaries will connect with its corporate HR system.

“Driving the development and retention of the right talent and getting strategic data around HR practices can help midsize companies transform their business operations,” says Oracle President Mark Hurd.

Diana Reichardt is a senior writer at Oracle.

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