Amazon customers can now run their Microsoft Windows Server applications within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) "Free Usage Tier," a program designed to help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, Amazon announced.
"The AWS Free Usage Tier addition joins a number of recent AWS service extensions to support Windows customers, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 on the high power Cluster Compute instances, Microsoft SQL 2012 beta preview on AWS, Microsoft BizSpark Licenses on AWS, and support for Microsoft Windows HPC clusters using Amazon EC2 instances," informs Amazon.
The company in a press released stated that "developers and businesses with Windows Server applications can take advantage of 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Micro Instance usage per month, at no charge for a one year period." Adding, "With the expansion of the AWS Free Usage Tier, Windows developers now have access to the same free resources on AWS as Linux developers -- providing the ability to launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or gain hands-on experience with AWS," the company said.
Peter De Santis, gm of Amazon EC2 said, "Through our continued work with Microsoft, Windows developers now have an opportunity to see, at no cost, how they can leverage Amazon Web Services' scalable and cost-effective computing environment."
Amazon cites a few examples of the how compaines are using AWS: "Organizations of all sizes are taking advantage of the breadth and capabilities of running Windows Server applications on AWS. For example, when redesigning Treasury.gov, which is powered by AWS, the United States Department of Treasury integrated their current Microsoft SharePoint 2010 workloads to improve technology efficiencies, provide increased collaboration capabilities, and comply with the Federal Cloud First Initiative," said Amazon.