Amazon EC2 Adds Windows Server, SQL to EU Online Lineup

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-03 Print this article Print

EU developers now can use's Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud to run Windows Server and SQL Server and allow customers access to Windows-based computing resources on the nearly 3-year-old Amazon Web Services cloud. AWS is the oldest, most established public cloud computing service on the Internet.

HANNOVER, Germany-Amazon Web Services, which is rapidly catching up to's retail division and will soon become the Web 2.0 company's bread-and-butter business, on March 3 launched a new option for the European Union region that allows software developers to run Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server in the cloud.

Developers now can use Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) to run Windows Server and SQL Server and allow customers access to Windows-based computing resources on the nearly 3-year-old AWS cloud-the oldest, most established public cloud service on the Internet.

The AWS Management Console also will provide support for Amazon EC2 in the European Union, enabling developers to manage their Amazon EC2 resources in the EU region using a point-and-click Web interface.

Information on when the services will be available in North and South America wasn't made available at the CeBIT conference held here March 3 to 8.

Amazon EC2, launched in August 2006, provides resizable computing capacity in the cloud for businesses and developers. EC2 with Windows immediately became a standard environment for deploying business applications using the Microsoft Web Platform, including ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight and IIS (Internet Information Services).

Amazon EC2 also supports the SQL Server Express and SQL Server Standard databases.

AWS currently has more than 490,000 registered developers. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) currently contains more than 40 billion objects.

CEO Jeff Bezos said recently's Web services business is now taking a full two-thirds of the company's bandwidth online and increasing's revenue in substantial measure.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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