Oracle Cloud vs Windows Azure

Oracle Cloud
Oracle Public Cloud provides customers and partners with a high-performance, reliable, elastic, and secure infrastructure for their critical business applications and offers customers a complete range of business applications and technology solutions, avoiding the problems of data and business process fragmentation when customers use multiple siloed public clouds.
Windows Azure
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any alternative language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Comparing Oracle Cloud vs Windows Azure is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Windows Azure has better video than Oracle Cloud

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Windows Azure has more user-friendly interface than Oracle Cloud because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Windows Azure is more popular than Oracle Cloud

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Microsoft launched new archival storage option for Azure (in 2017)
- Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud (in 2017)
- Following SAP and Oracle, IBM jumps to Microsoft Azure (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure appliance makes comeback (in 2014)
- Microsoft and Docker team up to make containers play nice on Windows Server and Azure (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure now also supports Google's Kubernetes (in 2014)
- Microsoft unveils Azure DocumentDB, a NoSQL database as a service (in 2014)
- Microsoft improves Windows Azure security with enhanced encryption (in 2014)
- Microsoft unveiled Artificial Intelligence platform on top of Windows Azure (in 2014)
- Satya Nadella - new Microsoft CEO (in 2014)

Looks like Windows Azure was recently more active than Oracle Cloud (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Oracle Cloud and Windows Azure meet head to head:

2017 - Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud - a new advantage over Oracle Cloud

Microsoft says that 80 percent of the companies it talks to want to use a hybrid cloud approach and to help them move to its cloud platform Azure, the company is launching a number of new tools. The most important of these is the new Cloud Migration Assessment service. With this, companies can scan their existing IT infrastructure and get an estimate for what it would cost to move these services to Azure (and how much they could save in the process). Azure users can now also get a discount for moving their Windows Server licenses (with Software Assurance) to Azure. This new Azure Hybrid Use Benefit can save them up to 40 percent and is obviously meant to make it more attractive for existing Windows Server users to move their workloads to the cloud. For those who want to make that move, the Azure Site Recovery (ASR) tool is also getting a minor update. This service is mostly meant to help enterprises orchestrate their disaster recovery plans, however, it can also be used to migrate existing virtual machines to Azure.

2013 - Oracle: Imagine, that your business is a yacht to catch up with Windows Azure

Oracle OpenWorld conference could be the most boring event in the IT world, but one thing made it cool: just before the conference, Larry Ellison's yacht (Oracle Team USA) won the America Cup regatta. And Larry immediately used this fact to promote its IT business. It turned out that the Oracle's yacht won mainly thanks to the Oracle Cloud and Big Data. At the beginning of the race it was just more or less competitive yacht. But, unlike its competitors it was overloaded with sensors and cameras that collected 200 GB of data during each race. Then mixed with the information about sea currents, winds, other yachts it was analyzed in the Oracle Cloud. Based on this information every day (before each race) specialists modified/tuned yacht parameters. In result, by the end of the regatta Oracle's yacht has become virtually inaccessible for competitors. In the same way cloud technology could optimize your company.

And now - about the (boring) conference announcements that can be interesting for IT managers of large companies and SaaS providers. Oracle Cloud added 10 new services :

1. Compute Cloud - provides computer resources and monitoring tools
2 . Object Storage Cloud - cloud storage
3 . Database Cloud - cloud database service
4 . Java Cloud - a platform for deploying Java-apps
5 . Business Intelligence Cloud - platform for data analysis
6. Documents Cloud - allows you to setup file sharing between devices
7. Mobile Cloud - allows businesses to create business apps for any device
8. Database Backup Cloud - allows to backup data to the cloud
9. Billing and Revenue Management Cloud - billing solution for SaaS providers
10 . Cloud Marketplace - app store for applications running on Oracle Cloud.

2010 - Windows Azure is already sold in boxes to take on Oracle Cloud

Windows Azure
Though there is a big deal of debates around the "private cloud" term (if it's correct to call own data center, optimized with virtualization technology, a "cloud") - no one can deny that these things called "private cloud" are already selling well. The fact is that many companies are still not ready to move their IT infrastructures to public cloud platforms like Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure. But when they are told that "you can take the advantage of Cloud Computing (cost-efficiency, scalability) without any risk for data security, because the cloud will be locked in your office" - they like this. Obviously, private clouds are the necessary intermediate stage of transition companies to "real clouds" and cloud providers have to take a step back so that the process started. So it was with Microsoft.

Their cloud platform Windows Azure is not very successful. At the moment this service is used only by 10,000 companies (including those that host their sites on Azure). Meanwhile, Microsoft's competitors - IBM and Cisco with VMWare earn money by selling "private clouds".

Today, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Platform Appliance - the cloud platform in a box, which can be installed in own data center. In addition to a strategic partner HP, Microsoft partnered with Dell, and Fujitsu that provide hardware for these boxes. It is interesting that Microsoft decided to deliver boxes, but not a software solution based on Windows Azure and Hyper-V virtualization (which could be deployed on the existing data center hardware). Because the software solution would become a competitor for its own Windows Server.