Longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle make nice in cloud-database (and apps) pact


Get ready for the skies to rain frogs: As of now, Oracle(s orcl) will certify and support Oracle databases, along with its applications, Oracle Linux, and Java to run on Microsoft(s msft) Hyper-V and Windows Azure platforms. And Oracle customers can run their existing Oracle-licensed software on Azure as of now. The news was announced Monday by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows and Tools group president Satya Nadella and Oracle co-president Mark Hurd.

The two companies, which are long-time rivals in the database and middleware world, will work together to certify those applications on those platforms and execs on both sides said the pact was driven by joint customers of the companies.

It also represents a dramatic step for Oracle, which in the past has strongly discouraged customers from running anything but Oracle VM virtualization. In fact, it often would push back on support calls and ask customers to prove…

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