Amazon adds Windows Server 2012 support to AWS

Amazon adds Windows Server 2012 support to AWS

Summary: The Microsoft-Amazon cloud war wages on, with Amazon announcing support for the latest version of Windows Server on AWS.


The Amazon-Microsoft cloud war continues to wage on, with both vying to be customers' choice for hosting Windows.


Amazon announced on November 20 that it has added Windows Server 2012 as an option for customers who want to host Windows on Amazon Web Services. Amazon already offered support for Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 on AWS.

In late October, Microsoft announced availability of Windows Server 2012 and .Net 4.5 on Azure (in Web and worker roles). Microsoft also announced in October .Net 4.5 support for Azure Web Sites.

Amazon is playing up the fact that users can use Windows Server, including Windows Server 2012, as part of the AWS Free Usage Tier, enabling them to get 750 hours of a Micro Instance per month for a full year.

The announcement today came from a name familiar to many in the Microsoft world Just a few months after leaving Microsoft for Amazon, Tom Rizzo is back to blogging, but this time as General Manager for the Windows team in AWS. (Microsoft veteran Rizzo had worked for Microsoft for 16 years in Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Office 365.)

Rizzo also announced that he'll be doing a series of blog posts that will be called "Windows Wednesdays," going forward, that will be dedicated to Amazon's Windows support. He committed to trying to post at least twice a month on the topic.

With its announcement earlier this year of the addition of persistent virtual machines for Windows Azure, Microsoft also can offer customers the ability to host Windows and Linux, as well, on Windows Azure. As far as I know, this capability is still considered to be in preview form.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Microsoft, Servers, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • It Will Only Cost Twice As Much... Linux server instances.
    • but will be able to host a million more applications

      because it is Windows.
      • Do show this million more apps you state

        Where do you guys come up with this, do tell million more apps.

        “but will be able to host a million more applications
        because it is Windows.”
      • Re: but will be able to host a million more applications

        Will Windows AWS be able to run Photoshop?

  • Rackspace Open Cloud supports Windows Server 2012

    It might also be interesting to note that Windows Server 2012 support went live in the Open Stack powered Rackspace cloud in September.
  • Good for Windows Server

    I think this is a testament to how good Windows Server 2012 really is.
  • Free instance essentially useless for Server 2012

    They give you 615MB for your free instance. Try booting and actually running something on the instance. Doesnt work well at all. CPU pegged near 99% and memory usage is in the 90% area as well.

    To really try it out, you have to pay for a small instance (which admittedly is only like 12 cents an hour :-)), so this news isnt really "good news"