Microsoft and Oracle have formed a partnership which will allow mutual customers to connect services from each company’s cloud platform.

The cloud interoperability partnership will enable customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

For example, customers will be able to run Oracle Retail or PeopleSoft applications on Azure, with Oracle databases deployed in the Oracle Cloud.

According to the companies, by enabling customers to run one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud, the partnership delivers “a highly optimised, best-of-both-clouds experience.”

The partnership is only available to joint customers in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, but will be rolled out to more regions in the future.

“With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division said, “With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud.”

Sally Gilligan, CIO at Gap, said the partnership would make it easier for the US retailer to scale and deliver capabilities across channels.

“The interoperability between Azure and Oracle Cloud allows us to deploy Oracle or custom-built applications on Azure and Oracle databases on Oracle Cloud,” Gilligan said.

“As we look to bring our omnichannel experience closer together and transform the technology platform that powers the Gap Inc. brands, the collaboration between Oracle and Microsoft will make it easier for us to scale and deliver capabilities across channels.”

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