Amazon EC2 plugs in Windows Server licences

Microsoft has launched a pilot programme that allows customers to bring their Windows Server enterprise agreements to the cloud and launch Amazon EC2 instances

Microsoft on Thursday launched a pilot programme that allows customers to bring their Windows Server enterprise agreements to the cloud and launch Amazon EC2 instances.

Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud division, has supported Windows Server 2003 for some time and recently added Windows Server 2008. However, some large customers already had enterprise agreements in place with Microsoft, and it was unclear whether those arrangements applied to Enterprise Compute Cloud (EC2) instances.

Under the pilot programme, announced by Amazon in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft Windows Server instances will be the same price as the Linux/Unix server on-demand offerings, but will vary by region. The pilot is only for US enterprise customers — government and education institutions are not included.

For more on this story, see Microsoft pilot will bring Windows Server Enterprise Agreements to Amazon Web Service on ZDNet.com.

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