Posted On: Dec 1, 2019

AWS now provides a new BYOL experience for software licenses, such as Windows and SQL Server, that require a dedicated physical server. You can now enjoy the flexibility and cost effectiveness of using your own licenses on Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts, but with the simplicity, resiliency, and elasticity of AWS. You can specify your Dedicated Host management preferences, such as host allocation, host capacity utilization, and instance placement in AWS License Manager. Once set up, AWS takes care of these administrative tasks on your behalf, so that you can seamlessly launch virtual machines (instances) on Dedicated Hosts just like you would launch an EC2 instance with AWS provided licenses. License Manager also integrates with EC2 Image Builder to automate maintenance of installation media. 

Additionally, you can run different instance sizes within the same instance family on a Dedicated Host using the AWS Nitro-based instance family. This allows you to maximize utilization of Dedicated Host fleet as well as your software licenses, thereby reducing costs.  

AWS License Manager is offered at no additional charge. Please review the regions table to learn about License Manager availability. At launch, the Dedicated Host management capabilities are available in US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon), and expansion to other regions will follow. For more information on AWS License Manager, visit our product page. To find additional resources, visit product documentation