Cloud giants Microsoft and Oracle has just announced a cloud interoperability partnership. This alliance enables customers to explore Microsoft Azure and Oracle cloud services from either network or environment.

As announced by both companies, the direct interconnect is now available in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.

Enterprises or customers can now connect Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database seamlessly, said the companies. User can also make lift-and-improve migrations, and run mission-critical workloads across any of these Clouds.

“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,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division.

The partnership focuses on delivering direct network connectivity between the two clouds and identity interoperability. Identity interoperability implies, providing unified identity and access management through a single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud.

“Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. 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.

The companies further said that, the interconnection enables new and innovative scenarios like running Oracle E-Business Suite or Oracle JD Edwards on Azure against an Oracle Autonomous Database running on Exadata infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

This alliance is of course, a blow at Amazon Cloud services AWS, especially from Oracle, as the former seem to be encroaching the database market which is the stronghold of the latter. The new solution that emanates from this partnership is already having a warm welcome from its prospective users which is expected to benefit both vendors.

“The alliance between Microsoft and Oracle is welcome news as we accelerate Albertsons’ digital transformation and leverage the full value of the public cloud,” said Anuj Dhanda, executive vice president and chief information officer at Albertsons Companies.