Microsoft announces pricing and release date of Oracle on Azure

Oracle’s database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced in June 2013. A general availability date of March 12 has been set for Windows-based software images of the products, which have been in preview, Microsoft said on the Azure website.

Microsoft plans to make Oracle software generally available on Windows Azure as of March 12 and has shared publicly for the first time a planned price list. Microsoft and Oracle announced back in June 2012 a deal via which Oracle apps would be certified to run on Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Windows Azure. Before the deal was cemented, Oracle’s Weblogic Server and Oracle database were only certified to run on Windows Server. As part of the deal, Oracle Linux also was added to the list of Linux variants supported in Azure’s virtual machines. And Oracle and Microsoft said they’d take Java support a step further, with Oracle certifying Java to run on Hyper-V and Windows Azure.

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