Microsoft Windows Server Enterprise License pilot for Amazon EC2 Web Services

A Microsoft pilot program allows large enterprise customers to bring their Windows Server enterprise agreements to the cloud and launch Amazon EC2 instances. Windows Server instances will be the same price as Linux/Unix server on-demand offerings, but vary by region (Northern California is more expensive than Northern Virginia). Enrollment in the pilot program kicked off […]

A Microsoft pilot program allows large enterprise customers to bring their Windows Server enterprise agreements to the cloud and launch Amazon EC2 instances. Windows Server instances will be the same price as Linux/Unix server on-demand offerings, but vary by region (Northern California is more expensive than Northern Virginia). Enrollment in the pilot program kicked off on Mar 25th and run through Sept 23. To participate, Microsoft customer must be US based with enterprise agreement that doesn’t expire within 12 months of entering the pilot. In addition, Microsoft customers must’ve Software Assurance for Windows Server licenses. Once Microsoft enterprise agreements are moved they can be applied to Amazon’s EC2 for one year. Each Windows Server and Windows Server Datacenter license will allow for four EC2 instances. You can move these instances every 90 days. The process goes like this: Amazon has a registration form; Microsoft confirms eligibility in 3 to 5 days and gets you a digital amendment to your licensing agreement; Print, sign and mail the signed amendment back to Amazon; Within 3 to 5 business days Amazon and Microsoft countersign the agreement and you’re in the pilot.

More info: Amazon’s pilot backgrounder | Microsoft’s licensing options