By wcoekaer on Oct 02, 2013
We have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that we can deploy Oracle Linux inside their Azure platform (and also just in general on Hyper-v). Part of the work is to provide templates that include Oracle products such as Oracle RDBMS and Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Linux in Azure. This is a similar concept as Oracle VM templates. You can go through the catalog on Azure, select a template and a few minutes later you end up with a complete running Virtual Machine. These templates with Oracle products are available for both Windows and Oracle Linux environments.
Microsoft has a free trial offering which I tried out last night (with my personal account) and within a few minutes and no prior knowledge of how their environment works, I had an Oracle Linux 6 update 4 instance up and running. Logged in using ssh. They have a very easy to navigate portal. We have configured Oracle Linux out of the box with public-yum for updates. So if you need an enterprise grade Linux distribution on Azure that comes with free updates/errata and fast connectivity to the update servers, go use Oracle Linux. And the nice thing is, if you need support for some of those VM's deployed, you just pay for those VM's you want support for.
This is also nice for ISVs that want to provide their own application solutions in Azure, they can use Oracle Linux and embed it in their VM with their app and, again, an enterprise grade solution that can be freely used without signing contracts with us, and be current with updates and errata. If the ISV then wants support, they can resell Oracle Linux subscriptions. This is a very simple, open, hassle-free solution.