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.
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)
"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:
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)
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)