Windows Azure adds new features every couple of weeks. Yesterday Microsoft added two new components to Windows Azure:
- A new virtual machine size. The A5 has 2 virtual cores and 14 GB internal memory. The price of consumption is $ 0.45 per hour.
- Oracle software preconfigured in virtual machine images. The software available includes Java, Oracle Database, Oracle Linux and Oracle WebLogic Server.
Oracle and Microsoft entered a strategic partnering in June 2013. Oracle will fully support running all Oracle software on Hyper-V and Windows Azure. That is quite a step as officially Oracle does not support running Oracle software on for instance VMware vSphere. Now the partnership has become visible by making Oracle software available on Azure using virtual machine images. The availability of the software comes at the same time Oracle Open World starts.
Mind the Windows Azure images containing Oracle Database are offered as a preview. Production deployments are not recommended and not supported. A general availability date for these services has not yet been set.
Oracle customers can bring it their own licenses and apply it to Azure virtual machines. The preconfigured Oracle images in Azure are “license included”.
Oracle Database clustering is not currently supported on Windows Azure. Only standalone Oracle Database instances are possible. This is because virtual disk-sharing in a read/write manner among multiple virtual machine instances in Windows Azure is not currently supported.
Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center writes about the above news here.
For a complete overview of how to install Oracle images in Azure and restrictions see this post
Here is a Frequently Asked Questions post on running Oracle on Azure .