The best Cloud Provider for Windows is AWS

The number of AWS enterprise customers using Amazon EC2 for Windows Server has increased fivefold since 2015.

Workload Microsoft with AWS

AWS supports everything you need to build and run Windows applications, including Active Directory, .NET, System Center, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Windows desktop-as-a-service.

Additionally, AWS offers the first and only fully managed native Windows file system available in the cloud with FSx for Windows File Server and is the only cloud vendor to offer production support for Kubernetes on Windows.

EC2 Server for Microsoft Windows

Amazon EC2 with Microsoft Windows Server (2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019) is a secure, reliable, and high-performance environment that allows you to deploy Windows-based applications and workloads. You can provision instances quickly and expand or scale them as needed, paying only for the resources you use.

Using Amazon EC2 with Windows Server is similar to using Amazon EC2 with any other operating system. Amazon EC2 with Windows Server ensures seamless integration with existing Amazon EC2 features, such as Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing, and Elastic IPs. Windows instances are available in different Availability Zones in all regions.

Wider and deeper functions

Compared to other cloud service providers, AWS offers a much wider selection of services, as well as more in-depth features.

Greater reliability

The best global infrastructure to run workloads that require high availability, with 76 Availability Zones in 24 Regions.

Greater security capabilities

AWS offers 210 key security, compliance and governance features, which is 40 more than its main competitor.

Faster performance

DBBest tests have found that SQL Server on AWS shows performance two to three times higher than its main competitor.

Reduced costs

AWS helps customers lower their total costs of running Windows in the cloud through unique pricing models such as Spot, which allow customers to save up to 90%.

Greater migration experience

AWS has translated this experience into our Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows.

Managing Amazon EC2 with a Windows Environment

Amazon EC2 makes it easy to launch and manage Windows-based instances. Amazon EC2 provides several pre-configured AMIs that allow you to start running your instances in minutes. For the most up-to-date list of these images and their contents, visit the Windows AMI page or the AMI catalog.

Amazon EC2 Spot Instances

Spot Instances are available at discounted prices that are up to 90% lower than On-Demand Instance pricing.

Plus, you can also easily combine Spot Instances with On-Demand Instances and Reserved Instances to maximize the cost of your workloads without compromising performance.

With AWS ‘scaling capability, Spot Instances can provide the ability to recalibrate resources and reduce costs for workloads that require such operations.

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