La nube se expande: Windows Server y SQL Server sobre Amazon EC2!

Hace unos días os comentaba el soporte de las BD’s Oracle 11g y Sun MySQL por Amazon EC2, lo que significaba un paso más en el modelo Software As a Service (SaaS)…pues bien, tras este anuncio, dese hoy mismo Amazon Web Services ha anunciado que su plataforma Amazon EC2 permitirá ejecutar Microsoft Windows Server o Microsoft SQL Server.

Starting later this Fall, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will offer you the ability to run Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server. Today, you can choose from a variety of Unix-based operating systems, and soon you will be able to configure your instances to run the Windows Server operating system. In addition, you will be able to use SQL Server as another option within Amazon EC2 for running relational databases.

Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server provides an ideal environment for deploying ASP.NET web sites, high performance computing clusters, media transcoding solutions, and many other Windows-based applications. By choosing Amazon EC2 as the deployment environment for your Windows-based applications, you will be able to take advantage of Amazon’s proven scalability and reliability, as well as the cost-effective, pay-as-you-go pricing model offered by Amazon Web Services.

Our goal is to support any and all of the programming models, operating systems and database servers that you need for building applications on our cloud computing platform. The ability to run a Windows environment within Amazon EC2 has been one of our most requested features, and we are excited to be able to provide this capability. We are currently operating a private beta of Amazon EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server.

Sin duda, una noticia de alcance…además, este soporte no se queda ahí sino que tal y como podéis leer en este post del blog de Jeff Barr tendremos capacidades como:

  • Amazon EC2 podrá hostear sitios ASP.NET altamente escalables, cluster HPC, media transcoders, SQL Server, …
  • Se podrá ejecutar el código desarrollado con Visual Studio en Amazon EC2.
  • Windows Server sobre Amazon EC2 podrá aprovechar capacidades de esta plataforma como Elastic IP Addresses, Availability Zones, y Elastic Block Store.

Veremos más de esto en el PDC 2008 (creo que las sesiones de S+S van a dar mucho que hablar y espero poder asistir a varias)…¿Y qué preguntas están en el aire? Pues sobre todo el coste que implicará usar Windows Server o SQL Server sobre Amazon EC2.

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