Windows Server, SQL Server Move Into Amazon Cloud

It was only a matter of time. Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will soon support both Windows Server and SQL Server, according to this blurb on the Amazon.com Web site.

Faced with the reality that Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss middleware were already available in the Amazon EC2 cloud, Microsoft pushed hard to ink the agreement with Amazon, according to one source close to the online retailer.

According to Amazon.com:

"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."
Smaller software companies also are taking a look at the Amazon.com cloud. Vembu, which develops storage software for managed service providers, is seeking to build links into Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). And I've heard from a number of MSPs who are evaluating how and whether they should leverage Amazon's cloud services.

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