Amazon opens up beta of Windows Server, SQL Server on EC2

Amazon Web Services is testing EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server.

Amazon Web Services Thursday launched a public beta of its cloud-computing service running Windows Server and SQL Server, marking the first time developers and businesses can use the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to build and host applications on Microsoft's software.

AWS, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, also said Thursday that EC2 has emerged from beta and now can offer SLAs (service-level agreements) to customers. The SLA guarantees 99.95 percent availability within a geographic region over a 365-day period, or customers are eligible to receive service credits back, according to AWS.

Customers can sign up for EC2 online.

EC2 is part of Amazon's AWS suite of cloud-computing infrastructure services. With EC2, developers and businesses can host and run their applications on Amazon servers, increasing or reducing capacity as needs change and paying only for what capacity they use on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Pricing for using Windows Server with Amazon EC2 begins at US$0.125 per compute hour, according to AWS.

Even as developers can now use Microsoft software on EC2, Microsoft is developing its own cloud-computing infrastructure that could compete with EC2. Speaking in London earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft would unveil a cloud OS tentatively called "Windows Cloud" in about four weeks' time, which would mean early November.

More details about Microsoft's strategy could emerge next week at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles or the following week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in the same city.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags amazon ec2

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender’s best-in-class security solutions have been awarded Product of the Year. Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?