As a result of this partnership, UK universities and enterprise customers now have an have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads onto Windows Server, Windows Azure, or a hybrid of both. Many UK Universities have Windows Server running Oracle workloads on premises, they now will be able to run those workloads in Hyper-V virtualized environments or Windows Azure, with full certification and support from Oracle.
What this means:
- You can run Oracle software on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and in Windows Azure with full support from Oracle.
- Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to use their existing Oracle licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
This makes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V the only non-Oracle hypervisor that Oracle supports. This also makes Windows Azure the only properly licensed and fully supported public cloud option for Oracle customers. For more details see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/default.aspx