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Surprised By The Microsoft And Oracle Partnership News? The Old Worn Phrases Like "oil And Water," And "cats And Dogs," Spring To Mind Far More Than "peanut Butter And Jelly" When Those Two Names Are Used In The Same Sentence. (Photo: Business Wire)

Long-time competitors Microsoft Corp and Oracle recently announced they would collaborate with Oracle software on its cloud-based platforms, permitting bits of Oracle’s software to interface with Microsoft’s software and online services.

Surprised by the Microsoft and Oracle partnership news? The old worn phrases like "oil and water," a ...

Surprised by the Microsoft and Oracle partnership news? The old worn phrases like "oil and water," and "cats and dogs," spring to mind far more than "peanut butter and jelly" when those two names are used in the same sentence. (Photo: Business Wire)

This effort is aimed at improving the rivals' chances as new competitors emerge selling less expensive services based in remote data centers.

BMC Software responds in a blog by  Lilac Schoenbeck in  Cloud Computing.

We've all been in this business a long time, and I think most of us were a little surprised by the  recent announcement of a newfound relationship between MS and Oracle. The old worn phrases like "oil and water," and "cats and dogs," spring to mind far more than "peanut butter and jelly" when those two names are used in the same sentence.

Still, it's a sign of the times. Our staid market of hardware vendors and software vendors, timeless mainframes and ubiquitous x86 machines, platform lock-in and startup challenges has changed. New platforms have emerged and dominated in the past 5 years (VMW, Xen, Hyper-V). New computing models (Amazon Cloud) have become standard in months - which feels like nanoseconds in a world where flavors of UNIX are still frequent cocktail party conversation. So, it stands to reason that the bastions of our industry are feeling the need to break some glass to maintain relevance.

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