Amazon Web Services launches Microsoft SQL Server effort

Amazon RDS supports SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 will be added this year.

Amazon Web Services rolled out a series of Windows services tied to its relational database effort (RDS).

Specifically, Amazon launched Amazon Relational Database Services for Microsoft SQL Server and ASP.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. That service name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but the upshot is that companies can offload SQL Server databases and ASP.NET applications with common Windows tools.

Amazon RDS supports SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 will be added this year.

The company is hoping to woo Windows developers by making administration of installation, patching and backups easier. To date, most RDS users have been focused on MySQL and Oracle databases.

Windows developers start out with a free usage tier with 750 hours per month of RDS instances. The free tier also includes 20GB of database storage and 10 million I/O requests per month. Once that tier is full, Amazon charges a little more than 3 cents an hour to start and is inclusive of SQL Server software, hardware, and Amazon RDS management.

Here's a look at RDS for SQL Server Web pricing.