Oracle, Microsoft team up for cloud computing 

click to enlarge After years of competing against each other, Oracle and Microsoft will team up on sharing cloud computing software. - JUSTIN SULLIVAN/2006 GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • After years of competing against each other, Oracle and Microsoft will team up on sharing cloud computing software.

Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a partnership to give the once-fierce rivals a leg up against newer Web-based cloud computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell technology to the world's largest companies. But they face growing pressure from more nimble rivals selling often-cheaper services based in remote data centers and they are rushing to adapt.

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.

Microsoft will offer Oracle's Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, while Oracle will also make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers, the companies said in a news release.

Redwood Shores-based Oracle, the No. 3 software maker, last week missed expectations for software sales for the fourth quarter, sending its shares plunging. Investors worried that the company may have trouble competing with software providers including Salesforce.com and Workday, as well as Amazon.com, which has also become a major player in cloud computing infrastructure.

Top software maker Microsoft's large-scale cloud computing initiative, called Azure, has failed to catch up with Amazon's cloud offering, called AWS (Amazon Web Services), which blazed the trail in elastic online computing services in the cloud.

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