Amazon: EC2 is production ready; Will enterprises bite?

Amazon: EC2 is production ready; Will enterprises bite?

Summary: Amazon Web Services EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service has dropped the beta tag, added a service level agreement and launched Windows and SQL betas and plans a management console.Add it up and it appears that Amazon is giving prospective enterprise customers most of the things they need to take the e-tailer-turned-cloud player seriously.

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Amazon Web Services EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service has dropped the beta tag, added a service level agreement and launched Windows and SQL betas and plans a management console.

Add it up and it appears that Amazon is giving prospective enterprise customers most of the things they need to take the e-tailer-turned-cloud player seriously.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels details the interest in the cloud by the enterprise:

In recent weeks in my discussions with many of our Amazon Web Services customers I have seen a heightened interest in moving functionality into the AWS cloud to get a better grasp on controlling cost. And this is across the board; from young businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, from research labs to television networks, all are concerned about reducing upfront cost associated with the new ventures and reducing waste in existing operations.

Of the items most notable in Amazon's EC2 announcement:

  • EC2 has a service level agreement (SLA) that promises 99.95 percent uptime. What's notable here is that the SLA works at the "region" level. Today, Amazon's cloud has only one region, but will have more. Each region has an SLA.
  • Windows instances are available. EC2 supports Windows in a beta program with pricing at a little more than 12 cents an hour. SQL Server is also available. Amazon said it will show Windows on EC2 at Microsoft's professional developers conference (PDC).
  • In 2009, Amazon is planning a management console to configure the EC2 service along with load balancing, scaling and monitoring tools.

Given stretched IT budgets Amazon's recent moves are likely to find a receptive audience.

Topics: Windows, Amazon, CXO, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Windows 2003 and SQL Server 2005 on Amazon EC2

    For more but concise details about EC3, Windows and SQL Server versions, and pricing, see: http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/amazon-web-services-announces-sla-plus.html

    --rj
    Roger_Jennings
  • ISVs, ISVs, ISVs

    This is good stuff, but 90% of the audience short-term will be ISVs (software companies) - specifically companies selling on-premise business apps today - and service providers of various stripes.
    Enterprise adoption of AWS and other cloud computing services may well come, but not in a big way for a few years. First, we'll see more and more SaaS plays built on PaaS - by companies already in the business.
    neilwd