Amazon Web Services is making it easier for Windows administrators and developers to move to the cloud, rolling out support for the new server OS, applications, and management tools.
Just last week, the cloud provider announced the addition of PowerShell to the management options for its cloud. In the AWS blog, Tom Rizzo, general manager for the Windows team at Amazon, explained that because PowerShell was becoming the tool of choice to manage Windows environments, AWS wanted users to be able to leverage it to manage their cloud assets at Amazon, as well.
AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell provides more than 550 cmdlets that allow administrators to perform quick actions from the command line, and create automated scripts from within the PowerShell environment. (For more on cmdlets, see Microsoft's Powerful PowerShell 3.0.)
In November, AWS added support for Windows Server 2012 in addition to its existing Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008, and 2008 R2 offerings, according to a separate blog by Rizzo. Server 2012 includes the Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.0 web server, version 4.5 of the .NET framework, and the much-improved PowerShell 3.0.
An article in Ars Technica notes, "There are a number of things that Amazon has done with Windows 2012 that are sure to draw attention from companies and developers looking to ease into using Server 2012 or go big right away." The most important is Amazon's support for Server 2012 in Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon's service that automatically deploys and provisions applications in the AWS cloud.
The provider is also offering 31 different prebuilt virtual machine images of Server 2012, including some packaged with SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, in 19 languages.
These efforts are sure to encourage IT departments running Windows to explore AWS's cloud services.
In an effort to woo Windows users, AWS began including Windows Server in its free usage tier in January 2012. The service includes 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud "Micro Instance" usage (613 MB of memory and support for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms) per month, for up to a year.
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