Amazon EC2 running Windows Server is a secure and dependable environment for customers to deploy Microsoft Exchange Server quickly and cost effectively. The Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance program allows Microsoft volume license customers to use their existing Windows Server applications licenses, including Microsoft Exchange Server, on AWS without paying any additional Microsoft licensing fees. Take advantage of the benefits that the AWS Cloud offers, such as pay-as-you-go pricing, scalability, and data integrity to run your Microsoft Exchange workloads today.

The Get Started section below has more detail about all of the available technologies and resources for Microsoft on AWS, including pricing, documentation, whitepapers, templates and sample code.

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Running Microsoft Exchange on the AWS Cloud allows you to add capacity as needed, without a long lead time. You can easily scale up, or down – vertically (go to a higher instance type) or horizontally (add more instances) – as business demands change. Stay ahead of the curve by adjusting capacity in minutes and hours, not days or weeks.

AWS offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing, which eliminates hardware acquisition costs and allows you to pay only for the capacity you need. We do all of the hardware management, so you can focus on higher-value activities than replacing hard drives.

Reduce expenses as you no longer need to plan, procure, manage and depreciate your IT infrastructure. You can replace large up-front expenses with more predictable costs that scale with your business.

Uptime and disaster recovery are important considerations for Microsoft Exchange. Leverage multiple Availability Zones and regions on AWS to develop a highly available architecture.


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Overview of the relationship between the Microsoft and AWS, with technical resources, case studies, videos and more.

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Windows on EC2
Learn about pricing on Amazon EC2 for Windows Server and SQL Server, or find out about the Free Tier.

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Developer Tools
Find all the tools, documentation, and sample code you need to develop secure, reliable, and scalable Windows applications on the AWS Cloud.

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Microsoft Whitepapers
Reference implementation guides, sample code, and CloudFormation templates to automate deployment of Microsoft software on AWS.

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The Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance program allows Microsoft volume licensing customers to move current on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server licenses to AWS without paying additional Microsoft licensing fees. Learn more at http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility.


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Choice Logistics, Inc. provides time-critical delivery services to businesses and an available and efficient messaging environment is vital. Working with Smartronix, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Choice Logistics transitioned from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010 on the AWS Cloud. "By using AWS, we can resize mailbox servers based on demand for compute or storage, and change compute characteristics in a matter of minutes", says Tom Bentzen, Director of Information Systems at Choice Logistics.

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Banro is a Canadian gold mining company with exploration and development along a major gold belt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company was growing quickly, making it difficult to keep up with advance technology planning of key organization systems including ERP, workflow systems, email systems, data warehouses, and reporting tools. Banro deployed a Microsoft Exchange 2010 environment on the AWS Cloud and was able to drastically shorten project lead times. "We managed to address almost all of these issues simply by adopting an Amazon Web Services cloud strategy.” says Thorsten Neumann, Group IT Manager at Banro Corporation.

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This video is from our technical session at the annual re:Invent conference where attendees learned how to design highly available, performant and cost effective solutions in the AWS cloud. In this session, we discussed the architectural considerations, capabilities, and testing as well as show deployment demonstrations of migrating both Exchange Server and SharePoint onto AWS.

Learn more about attending the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community at AWS re:Invent 2014. 

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This webinar covers the architectural considerations and steps involved to plan and deploy an Exchange Server 2010-based messaging service in the AWS cloud, including available tools to automate deployment. We highlight the recently published "Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in the AWS Cloud: Planning & Development Guide", which discusses topics and configuration steps relevant before and after launching a solution.

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This guide discusses the process for planning and deploying a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 based messaging service in the AWS cloud using tools that you are already familiar with. It also provides a small deployment scenario (along with AWS CloudFormation templates) so you can launch a fully-configured site-resilient Exchange Server in AWS.

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This paper provides guidance on how to secure your Microsoft applications on AWS. It outlines the principles for protecting the runtime environment of your Microsoft Windows applications with a focus on risk assessment, reducing attack surface, adhering to the principle of least privilege, and protecting your data.

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Learn how to deploy Remote Desktop Gateway on AWS, including best practices for securely accessing your Windows-based instances using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for remote administration. Also provided are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment.

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Learn how to deploy Active Directory on AWS in about an hour. This reference implementation guide includes architectural considerations and configuration steps for deploying highly available AD Domain Services in the AWS Cloud. Two scenarios are covered, one all cloud and one hybrid. Included are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment.

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AWS has partnered with companies that offer a variety of services, software, and solutions on the AWS Cloud via the Amazon Partner Network (APN). The APN is comprised of both Consulting Partners that provide software solutions that are either hosted on, or integrated with, the AWS platform as well as Technology Partners which are professional services firms that help you design, architect, build, migrate, and manage your workloads and applications on AWS.

In addition, our APN Partners can take part in our APN Competency Program. Partners with the Microsoft Competency are APN Consulting Partners who have demonstrated expertise in helping customers evaluate and deploy or configure their Microsoft Exchange Server workloads on AWS.

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is the global partner program for AWS. It is focused on helping partners build a successful AWS-based business by providing great business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support.

Learn more about what AWS has to offer partners or become an AWS Partner now.

Learn more about Microsoft Exchange Competency Partner solutions, customer success stories, and practices built on AWS by visiting the Microsoft Competency Partners page or the AWS Partner Directory.

Below are a selection of our APN Partners proficient with Microsoft Exchange on AWS.

Smartronix is a global professional solutions provider with one of the largest teams of solution architects trained on the Amazon Web Services platform and have designed large-scale deployments utilizing Microsoft Exchange Server in the AWS Cloud. They have proven expertise in highly-available Exchange environments and provide a full range of services that include deployment, planning, migration, operations, and maintenance. Their solutions include all of the necessary subsystems to support Exchange including load balancing, message hygiene, and archiving.

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As an APN Premier Partner and AWS System Integrator, Slalom Consulting works closely with AWS to provide appropriate solutions for their customer’s individual needs. Their focus is on providing seamless services to customers including migrations to on-premises Exchange environments, third party-hosted environments, or custom developed AWS-hosted environments. Slalom Consulting's technology focus allows them to enable clients with the best AWS environment for growth and sustainability.

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From the design, build, and support of IT infrastructure to managing critical applications and their supporting environments, Apparatus is a leading provider of managed services for IT platforms and an AWS Advanced Partner. Discover how a company of any size can achieve High Availability, increased performance, and the seamless transfer of resources in our free Test Drive powered by Apparatus.

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Datapipe offers a single provider solution for managing and securing mission-critical IT services, including cloud computing, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, colocation, and data centers. Datapipe is an AWS Premier Partner supporting its customers globally.

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As an AWS Premier Partner, AWS Channel Reseller, and an AWS Government Partner, Cloudnexa will consult with you on your Exchange migrations, manage transitions, and continually optimize your AWS services. Their team delivers its managed service solution for environments requiring governance or compliance such as ITAR or HIPAA on public and AWS GovCloud.

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Six Nines IT is an experienced consulting company specializing in helping businesses move to the AWS cloud. As an APN Advanced Partner, Six Nines provides three pillars of service to support your AWS initiatives that can be applied independently to offer supplemental support to your existing IT staff or as one complete, turnkey solution.

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Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are cooperating to bring you the scalability, elasticity, and flexibility of AWS to fully supported software you know and trust from Microsoft. AWS offers Microsoft partners a choice of cloud-based licensing options, resources, training, and support for a variety of development platforms, which include Windows .NET to build, integrate, manage, or even resell AWS services. Working with AWS on Windows lets you leverage your existing Microsoft knowledge base or expertise and your customer’s investments in Windows technologies on the AWS Cloud.

Learn more about what AWS has to offer partners from around the world and how to become an AWS Partner at: http://aws.amazon.com/partners/.

Download the AWS Partner paper to learn more about partner opportunities and programs on AWS.