AWS Compute Blog

Category: Windows on AWS

Optimize costs by up to 70% with new Amazon T3 Dedicated Hosts

This post is written by Andy Ward, Senior Specialist Solutions Architect, and Yogi Barot, Senior Specialist Solutions Architect. Customers have been taking advantage of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Dedicated Hosts to enable them to use their eligible software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle since the feature launched in 2015. Amazon EC2 Dedicated […]

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Getting Started with AWS Nitro Enclaves on Microsoft Windows

This post is written by Scott Malkie, Specialist Solutions Architect, EC2 AWS Nitro Enclaves, introduced in October 2020, are isolated compute environments. They leverage the power of the AWS Nitro System to provide isolation and attestation for sensitive data processing. Customers use Nitro Enclaves to isolate their data processing workloads, even from users with root […]

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Better performance for less: AWS continues to beat Azure on SQL Server price/performance

By Fred Wurden, General Manager, AWS Enterprise Engineering (Windows, VMware, RedHat, SAP, Benchmarking) AWS R5b.8xlarge delivers better performance at lower cost than Azure E64_32s_v4 for a SQL Server workload In this blog, we will review a recent benchmark that Principled Technologies published on 2/25. The benchmark found that an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) […]

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Managing domain membership of dynamic fleet of EC2 instances

This post is written by Alex Zarenin, Senior AWS Solution Architect, Microsoft Tech. Updated: February 10, 2021 1.   Introduction For most companies, a move of Microsoft workloads to AWS starts with “lift and shift” where existing workloads are moved from the on-premises data centers to the cloud. These workloads may include WEB and API farms, […]

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Learn why AWS is the best cloud to run Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server workloads

Fred Wurden, General Manager, AWS Enterprise Engineering (Windows, VMware, RedHat, SAP, Benchmarking) For companies that rely on Windows Server but find it daunting to move those workloads to the cloud, there is no easier way to run Windows in the cloud than AWS. Customers as diverse as Expedia, Pearson, Seven West Media, and RepricerExpress have […]

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Use MAP for Windows to Simplify your Migration to AWS

There’s no question that organizations today are being disrupted in their industry. In a previous blog post, I shared that such disruption often accelerates organizations’ decisions to move to the cloud. When these organizations migrate to the cloud, Windows workloads are often critical to their business and these workloads require a performant, reliable, and secure […]

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Fact-checking GigaOm’s Microsoft-sponsored benchmark claims

SQL Server on AWS delivers 40% price/performance advantage over Azure In this blog, we will review a recent benchmark that Microsoft sponsored and GigaOm published on 12/2/2019. This benchmark is not credible because Microsoft and GigaOm use configurations of AWS that generate weaker performance, they have not been transparent on how it was run, and […]

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Migrating Azure VM to AWS using AWS SMS Connector for Azure

AWS SMS is an agentless service that facilitates and expedites the migration of your existing workloads to AWS. The service enables you to automate, schedule, and monitor incremental replications of active server volumes, which facilitates large-scale server migration coordination. Recently, you could only migrate virtual machines (VMs) running in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. […]

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Centralizing Windows Logs with Amazon Elasticsearch Services

September 8, 2021: Amazon Elasticsearch Service has been renamed to Amazon OpenSearch Service. See details. Cloud administrators often rely on centralized logging systems to better understand their environments, learn usage patterns, and identify future problems so that they can pre-emptively prevent them from occurring, or troubleshoot them more effectively. Of course, these are just some […]

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