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Oracle, Microsoft forge cloud-computing deal

Sydney Morning Herald - Facing increasing competition from other cloud-computing companies, Oracle has announced a partnership that will let business customers access some of its key products on cloud services provided by its longtime software rival Microsoft.  

Under the deal, Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering — which companies use to run web-based programs — and its cloud-based server will feature Oracle’s widely used database and Java software.  

‘‘We’re excited about this announcement,’’ Oracle President Mark Hurd said during a conference call with industry analysts. ‘‘Customers need and want more flexibility and choice,’’ he added, noting that increasing numbers of businesses are accessing software through cloud-based services.  

Traditionally, Oracle’s software has been installed on individual business computers and those customers paid a fee to use the product and have Oracle maintain it.