Aug 27, 2015
As two of the biggest players in the technology sector, any relationships between Oracle and Microsoft are typically noteworthy. While the former continues to dominate in the database space, the latter produces the go-to operating system (OS) many personal and business users fall back on.
Microsoft released its latest OS, Windows 10, on July 29. Having declared itself as one of the leading providers of database solutions on Microsoft systems (since 1994 no less), Larry Ellison's company has moved to ensure that its users have a stress-free time, if they're making the switch to the latest Microsoft offering.
Safety, security, scalability
Oracle will certify the next major Oracle Database 12c release on Windows 10.
Oracle claims that Microsoft's operating systems are ideal for its own products, namely Database 12c. It's only natural then that the company has pushed out a Statement of Direction as to how it plans to enable its business users to optimise their existing primary and standby databases.
Ultimately, Oracle is set to certify the next major Oracle Database 12c release on Windows 10, with support also provided for the existing versions of the system.
So, what does this mean for enterprise users leveraging the products from Oracle and Microsoft? It basically ensures that the transition should be as smooth as possible. However, there are still those who think businesses need to pursue Windows 10 with caution.
The waiting game
A survey conducted by Spiceworks suggested that Microsoft's plan to have its new OS on 1 billion devices in the next two to three years may be a tad optimistic.
Whether that figure is achieved remains to be seen, but the even the bigger question is: How many of those devices will be owned and operated by enterprises? The research from Spiceworks outlined that three quarters of potential Windows 10 users will use the system at home, yet only 60 per cent of businesses had actively assessed its effectiveness.
IT Pro suggested that this is due to the fact a number of patches will be pushed through by Microsoft over the next few months, leaving some enterprise users sceptical. Naturally, any system upgrades are made easier when using real-time replication as a fall back while the maintenance takes place, but some businesses may feel that it still isn't a risk worth taking just yet.
However, for those who take the plunge, Oracle's database products should stand up to the rigours of the switch over.