Microsoft Corp said on Monday that it would support Oracle’s software on its cloud-based platforms, a tie-up aimed at improving the rivals’ chances against nimbler Web-based computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.
The two industry leaders are facing growing pressure from new rivals selling often-cheaper services based in remote data centers, and they are rushing to adapt.
The two companies have long collaborated out of the public eye to meet customers’ needs, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said on a conference call. “In the world of cloud computing, I think behind-the-scenes collaboration is not enough.”
Under the agreement, customers will be able to run Oracle software on Microsoft’s Server Hyper-V and on Windows Azure platforms, the companies said.
The tie-up does not resolve major competitive challenges the two tech pioneers face in the cloud market, but their cooperation was seen as a symbolically important step.