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Amazon EC2 offers Windows and SQL Server in the cloud

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is offering Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server in its...

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is offering Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server in its...

EU Region.

Amazon said users will be able to access Windows-based compute resources for Europe and run them on the Amazon EC2 cloud. The platform supports ASP.net, Ajax, Silverlight, and Internet Information Server (IIS), SQL Server Express and SQL Server Standard databases. With these announcements, Amazon EC2 running Windows is now joining Linux/Unix-based Amazon EC2 environments. The software is priced on a pay-as-you-go pricing model, which Amazon said allows users to pay only for the compute capacity that they use.

Peter De Santis, general manager of Amazon EC2 said, "Businesses and developers can now access and manage all of their compute resources, whether Windows-based or Linux/Unix-based, close to their European customers, partners, and other computing services including Amazon S3."

Amazon has also introduced the AWS Management Console, which will provide support for Amazon EC2 in the EU enabling developers to manage their Amazon EC2 resources in the EU Region using a point-and-click web interface.

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