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Oracle and Microsoft Bring Enterprise Cloud Interoperability to European Customers

Vinay Kumar, vice president, product management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure—Feb 12, 2020

This week, Oracle and Microsoft are extending their cloud collaboration with a new cloud interconnect location in Amsterdam. This is good news for the many local businesses that rely on software from both companies. The new Amsterdam interconnect will enable these businesses to share data across applications running in Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

The facility in Amsterdam—a strategic data center hub for Europe—joins interconnected regions already up and running in Toronto; Ashburn, Virginia; and London, and is part of a broader Oracle-Microsoft cloud interoperability collaboration announced last year.

The goal of the overall collaboration is to make it faster and easier for enterprises to move their on premise workloads to the cloud that best suits the specific needs of an application. For example, an enterprise customer may want to run a mission-critical application on Azure or Azure IoT-based services on Microsoft Azure connected to Oracle’s Autonomous Database or Exadata on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Or they may want related Microsoft-centric and Oracle-centric apps to communicate in the cloud in via a low latency connection.

MESTEC is using Oracle Cloud—Microsoft Azure to deliver solutions to its customers that enable them to dramatically improve their manufacturing performance.

“MESTEC’s leading smart factory solution is powered by high performance cloud infrastructure and database systems. We put Azure and Oracle Cloud to the test by implementing our application tier in Azure connected to Oracle Autonomous Database, running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and the results have been extremely positive,” said Mark Carleton, COO, MESTEC. “We are projecting a 50 percent reduction in infrastructure and management cost and up to 500 percent increase in performance. By connecting Oracle and Azure, we’re able to rapidly introduce innovative technologies into our solution, ultimately resulting in a better, smarter solution for our customers enabling them to make dramatic improvements in manufacturing performance.”

This collaboration and the resulting interconnected cloud is important for businesses that want to put more of their data and workloads into the cloud but prefer to use cloud providers attuned to their mission-critical data and applications. In addition to offering a high degree of choice and flexibility, Oracle and Microsoft offer integrated identity and access management so customers don’t have to manage multiple passwords when accessing their cloud resources and applications. The collaborative support model and global partner ecosystem add to the enterprise-class experience.

In a recent study, global systems integrator Accenture found that customers using the interconnect can expect performance to meet the demands of latency-sensitive applications. Accenture’s tests found dramatically reduced latency, the average round-trip latency was 1.5 milliseconds.

Amsterdam is not the end of the story. Oracle plans to interconnect additional cloud regions on the U.S. West Coast, Asia, and regions dedicated to U.S. public sector customers.