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Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, has launched a public beta of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) running Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server, providing flexibility for deploying solutions in the AWS cloud. In addition, AWS announced that Amazon EC2 is now generally available and now offers a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Launched in beta in August of 2006, Amazon EC2 is an AWS service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud for businesses and developers. Customers can now employ Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server. Windows with Amazon EC2 has been a common request of AWS customers since the service launched. Amazon EC2 now provides an environment for deploying ASP.NET web sites, high-performance computing clusters, media transcoding solutions, and many other Windows-based applications. ... (more)

Check Regulations Before Hopping on Microsoft Azure

Global Secure Systems (GSS) is urging companies - of all sizes - to check their regulatory requirements on data storage before starting to prepare for the official launch of Windows Server 2008. "Microsoft's launch into the world of Cloud Computing, announced this week, is quite revolutionary since it is based on Windows Server 2008 running on Microsoft data centres and accessible only as a service," said David Hobson, GSS' managing director. "Running on top of this Internet-based service, which Microsoft calls Azure, runs Live Services, .NET Services, SQL Services, Microsoft Sha... (more)

Ballmer's Memo on Microsoft's New Cloud Computing Platform

"Windows Azure is not software that companies will run on their own servers," writes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an executive memo circulated today to Microsoft's partners and customers. Ballmer continues: "It's something new: a service that runs in Microsoft's growing network of datacenters and provides the platform that helps companies respond to the realities of today's business environment, and tomorrow's ... enabling organizations and Microsoft partners to create their own cloud infrastructure." SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you here the Ballmer memo in full: ... (more)

Elastra to Present at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Stuart Charlton, Chief Software Architect of Elastra, will be presenting a must-attend breakout session at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. Charlton, who specializes in the areas of systems architecture, RESTful web architecture, and data warehousing, will be discussing how to deploy an architecture-aware cloud computing infrastructure. "The Infrastructure-as-a-Service model of early cloud computing providers has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Roman Stanek,Tech Visionary

In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That is the question that will be answered by technology visionary Roman Stanek in his Opening Keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe next week in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. In the meantime, we bring you here a brief round-up of Stanek's achievements 1997-2009. In reverse order... May 18, 2009 - Stanek will deliver his keynote in Prague, "Building Great Companies on the Cloud." April 23, 2009 - Good Data closes a $2.5M Series B round of financing from Marc Andreessen, ... (more)