The technical nitty gritty
Why not just run my Oracle database(s) in Azure?
As an end-user, you can run Oracle Database software on virtual machines in Azure. Oracle however claims it provides the highest levels of performance and availability for Oracle Database. In addition, end-users who use—or want to use—Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) for their Oracle Database(s) can do so only on OCI. With Oracle Database Service for Azure, Azure customers can get that availability with low-latency direct connectivity between OCI and Azure.
Are all features of the underlying Oracle database services exposed via Oracle database service for Azure?
Oracle Database Service for Azure exposes only the most-frequently used capabilities through the Oracle Database Service for Azure portal. If an end-user needs a capability that’s not exposed through the portal, they can access the Database resource in Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure and use the needed capability there (against additional costs).
How do I get support for Oracle database service for Azure?
End-users can raise issues through either Microsoft or Oracle. The support organization will request the customer’s permission to engage the other company and will then use a joint resolution model to address issues. More details are available here.
What is in it for Oracle and Microsoft?
There are no doubt real benefits for customers with this partnership, giving them access to the choice of a hybrid-cloud solution. But it is a smart move designed to combine the respective powers of Microsoft and Oracle, so they are better positioned to compete against direct competitors.
The partnership now pits AWS’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Services against Microsoft Azure & Oracle Database & Cloud Infrastructure Services; while Google Workspace (G-Suite,) & Google Cloud Platform (GCP) now comes up against Microsoft Office 365 & Azure + Oracle Database & Cloud Infrastructure Services.