Microsoft and Oracle now provide end-to-end support for customers running business-critical Oracle software on Windows Azure

License-included virtual machine images of Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java development environment are now available, in preview, in the Windows Azure Image Gallery. During the preview period, you pay only for the Windows Azure compute and storage resources your Virtual Machine consumes, there is no charge for the included Oracle software.

Updates made in June to Oracle licensing policy also allow you to “bring your own license” – using a license you already own on Windows Azure. Whether you bring your own license or use one of the license-included images, you now have increased flexibility and choice in where to deploy your applications and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will be fully supported by Oracle.

To get started, log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal and add a new Virtual Machine from the Image Gallery.

For more information, visit the Oracle information page on the Windows Azure website.