Amazon EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server

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Amazon EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server

amazon-aws-logo.jpgAmazon just announced that Amazon EC2 will soon run Windows Server and SQL Server. The announcement was made to Amazon Web Services developers this morning. This announcement may be partly in response to Microsoft who has been building a hosted development platform of their own. In fact, Microsoft is expected to announce the hosted platform officially at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, will keynote and is expected to unveil Microsoft's cloud computing solution.

According to an Amazon representative, starting later this Fall, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will offer you the ability to run Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server. Today, you can choose from a variety of Unix-based operating systems, and soon you will be able to configure your instances to run the Windows Server operating system. In addition, you will be able to use SQL Server as another option within Amazon EC2 for running relational databases.

Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server will allow you to deploy ASP.NET web sites, high performance computing clusters, and other Windows-based applications. Amazon said, "By choosing Amazon EC2 as the deployment environment for your Windows-based applications, you will be able to take advantage of Amazon's proven scalability and reliability, as well as the cost-effective, pay-as-you-go pricing model offered by Amazon Web Services."

They added, "Our goal is to support any and all of the programming models, operating systems and database servers that you need for building applications on our cloud computing platform. The ability to run a Windows environment within Amazon EC2 has been one of our most requested features, and we are excited to be able to provide this capability. We are currently operating a private beta of Amazon EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server."

Check out http://aws.amazon.com/windows if you are interested in being notified later this Fall when the offering is released.


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