Whether running Microsoft Windows, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, or custom .NET applications, you can rely on the secure global infrastructure of Amazon Web Services to easily run any Microsoft Windows Server applications in the cloud. Without the cost and complexity of purchasing servers or managing data centers, you have more resources to focus on your solution and providing value to your customers.
Pre-configured Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) enable you to start running fully supported Windows Server virtual machine instances in minutes. You can choose between a number of server operating system versions and whether or not you want to include SQL Server. When you use AMIs, Microsoft software licensing is handled by AWS and included in your monthly bill. For other licensing options, and details about how to run other Microsoft software on AWS, visit the licensing page.
Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts
A Dedicated Host is a physical EC2 server fully dedicated to your use. With Dedicated Hosts, you have more control over instance placement and gain visibility into the number of sockets and cores installed on a host. You can use these features to leverage your own per-socket or per-core software licenses, including Windows Server and SQL Server. Visit the Dedicated Host detail page and Microsoft licensing page for more information.
You can get started quickly with Windows Server virtual machine images, as well as many other publicly available, pre-configured virtual machines images that are pre-bundled with Microsoft products.
There are options for bringing licenses you already own to the AWS cloud. Learn more about Microsoft licensing on AWS.
Microsoft workloads are supported on AWS. Amazon Web Services fully supports Microsoft Windows Server as both infrastructure and a platform. Our customers have successfully deployed in the AWS cloud virtually every Microsoft application available, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics, and Remote Desktop Services.
If you have support related issues you should contact AWS Support. We can bring in Microsoft Support if required. However, if you have an existing Microsoft support agreement you can contact Microsoft Support and request that they bring in AWS. Also, if Microsoft determines that they need to perform infrastructure level debugging, either Microsoft Support or you can include AWS Support to help resolve the issue. In this way, support for Microsoft workloads on Amazon EC2 can be a collaborative effort between you, AWS Support, and Microsoft Support.
AWS is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, licensed to resell Microsoft software via the Services Provider Licensing Agreement, and a Microsoft Gold Certified Hosting Partner. AWS has an active Premier Support agreement with Microsoft.