(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. On Wednesday, they agreed that their two cloud computing services would work with high-speed connections between their data centers, targeting large corporate users and joining cloud computing leaders Amazon.com's Amazon Web Services.
The two companies said that the high-speed link between their data centers would begin with facilities in the Eastern United States and spread to other regions. They will also work together to let joint users log in to services from a company with a single user name and get technical support from both companies.
The move comes as both Oracle and Microsoft retrieve large corporations and government customers are considering moving computers data currently being handled in their own data centers to cloud providers.
"With Oracle's business knowledge, this alliance is a natural choice for us, as we help our common customers accelerate the migration of business applications and databases to publiccloud," Microsoft's cloud chief Scott Guthrie said in a statement.
AWS, the largest provider of cloud computing, interferes with many of these customers, including in Oracle's historic database market database.
"With this alliance, our common customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to reorganize anything, keep the big investments they've already made," said Don Johnson, Vice President of Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure Unit, in a statement. .
Microsoft has previously become a deal with the German software manufacturer SAP SE and Adobe Inc. for their services to work better together. 19659002] Ed Anderson, an analyst with the research company Gartner Inc., said the move was a clear "jab" at AWS, especially for Oracle. "It's no secret that Oracle sees AWS as an important competitor in the database market," he said.
Mr. Anderson also said that there are some unanswered questions about the deal, for example, if customers were to face data transfer fees to move large amounts of information back and forth between services.
But overall, Mr Anderson said the move was likely to benefit the companies by helping their position on large companies already using both services.
"It's a great way for both companies to be able to hitch their cloud deals together," said Mr. Anderson.