Tech rivals Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have announced a deepening of their cloud partnership, highlighting increased cooperation in the rapidly evolving software and AI markets.

Simplifying Integration

The new accord will facilitate the running of Microsoft Azure’s AI on top of the Oracle database for Oracle users, eliminating the need for a separate dashboard. Previously, integration of these competing platforms required running a separate dashboard within Microsoft’s Azure Cloud dashboard.

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Enabling Cloud Transformation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commented that this collaboration presents a significant opportunity for organizations to shift their mission-critical applications to the cloud and leverage the power of AI to transform their businesses. He also noted that Microsoft Azure will be the sole cloud provider to offer Oracle’s database services.

Seamless Integration for Optimal Performance

Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison emphasized that most customers already utilize multiple clouds. By seamlessly connecting Oracle’s database technology with Azure Services, customers can expect an exceptional database and network performance.

Strategic Shift in Cloud Market

This partnership signifies a significant strategic shift in the cloud market. In the past, cloud providers attempted to lock users into a single platform. However, it has become impractical as the cloud has become increasingly vital to operations, leading customers to adopt multiple cloud offerings.

Shares of both Microsoft and Oracle remained steady in after-hours trading following the announcement.

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