Windows Server 2012 Finds A Place In Amazon’s Cloud

Amazon Web Services has finally added Windows Server 2012 as an option, allowing enterprise administrators improved management features as well as new versions of IIS and the .Net Framework.

This was announced in a post over at Amazon Web Services blog by Tom Rizzo, the General Manager for the Windows team over at AWS:

“AWS is excited to add Windows Server 2012 as an option for customers in addition to our existing Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 offerings.  Windows Server 2012 provides a number of exciting enhancements including a Server Manager for multi-server setup, Powershell Improvements, Internet Information Services 8.0 and the .NET Framework 4.5”.

Amazon Web Services cloud joins other providers like Rackspace and Microsoft’s own Azure platform that can run Microsoft’s new server operating system.

The server operating system is now available in AWS data centers all over the world. AWS users previous had the choice between Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 as well as 2008 R2 — all three flavors are still available along with Windows Server 2012.

Costs start at US $0.02 per hour with Amazon’s on-demand pricing.

To help users get started with Windows Server 2012, AWS has posted a video detailing how to configure a Windows Server 2012 instance:

Windows Server 2012 launched a couple of months back, on September 2012 to be exact, and includes several new enhancements, the most notable of them being improved management using Powershell.

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