Windows on AWS

The proven, reliable, secure cloud for Windows
Customers have been running Microsoft Workloads on AWS for over 12 years, longer than any other cloud provider. Customers choose AWS because we have the most experience with Microsoft applications in the cloud and we offer the best platform for Windows Server and SQL Server for higher performance and reliability, greater security and identity services, more migration support, the broadest and deepest capabilities, lower total cost of ownership, and flexible licensing options. AWS supports everything you need to build and run Windows applications including Active Directory, .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows desktop-as-a-service, and all supported versions of Windows Server. With our proven expertise, we can help you easily lift-and-shift, refactor, or even modernize your Windows workloads.

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Migrate your Windows Workloads to AWS

Why Windows on AWS

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higher performance for SQL Server on Windows than the next largest cloud provider

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more regions with multiple availability zones than the next largest cloud provider

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more services offering encryption than the next largest cloud provider

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savings using AWS over three years, by right-sizing instances with Migration Evaluator

442%

projected 5-year ROI running Windows on AWS*
Higher reliability and performance

AWS has the broadest global infrastructure with 77 Availability Zones (AZ) across 24 regions and 99.99% availability for each Amazon EC2 region. By moving your Windows workloads to AWS, customers can realize a 98% reduction in unplanned downtime, 71% faster deployment, and 26% higher developer productivity, per IDC. AWS also provides customers with a 2x price/performance advantage over the next largest cloud provider, per ZK Research.

Greater security and identity services

AWS offers 230 security, compliance, and governance services and features, 5x more services than the next largest cloud provider. With the AWS Nitro System, the underlying platform for EC2 instances, virtualization functions are offloaded to dedicated hardware and software resulting in a minimized attack surface. The Nitro Security chip continuously monitors, protects, and verifies the instance hardware and firmware. We offer AWS Managed Active Directory securely in the cloud eliminating the need for you to synchronize or replicate data from your existing Active Directory during migrations. With AWS Identity Services, you can also manage identities and permissions at scale, while providing flexible options for where and how you manage your employee, partner, and customer information.  

More migration experience

AWS has unmatched experience helping millions of organizations reach their migration goals faster through unique tools and services. With AWS Database Migration Service, we’ve migrated over 230,000 databases and we can help you quickly and securely migrate, while minimizing downtime to applications. The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program can migrate legacy Windows Server applications to the latest, supported versions of Windows Server on AWS. The AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows provides best practices, tools and incentives to reduce the complexity and cost of migrating to the cloud with support from AWS Partners and Professional Services.

Broadest and deepest capabilities

AWS offers over 350 Amazon EC2 instances where comparable services are simply not available from other cloud providers. We provide the only fully managed services for native-Windows file system with Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and for Kubernetes on Windows with Amazon EKS, enabling you to simplify management overhead and reduce costs. Amazon Elastic Block Store offers 99.999% availability, 99.999% durability, and performant block storage for your most demanding SQL Server deployments. Customers also choose AWS for the best and most consistent networking performance for Microsoft applications, delivering 3x more throughput and 25% lower latency than the next cloud provider. 

Lower TCO

Customers can accelerate growth, drive efficiencies, and realize long-term cost reductions running Windows on AWS. Customers can reduce 5-year cost of operations by 56% and gain 37% lower infrastructure costs, delivering up to 442% ROI over 3 years, per IDC. AWS also offers customers more ways to save through unique pricing models such as Savings Plans, which provide you with savings up to 72% on Amazon EC2 instances, and Amazon EC2 Spot, which reduces costs by up to 90% on compute instances for fault tolerant workloads. 

Flexible licensing options

We offer the most options in the cloud for using new and existing Microsoft software licenses on AWS. By purchasing Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) or Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) license-included instances, you get new, fully compliant SQL Server licenses from AWS. You can bring your existing licenses to AWS with Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts, Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances, or EC2 instances with default tenancy using Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance. AWS License Manager makes it easier to track the usage of software licenses and reduce the risk of non-compliance. 

Estimate cost savings from migrating Windows Server workloads to AWS

The AWS Pricing Calculator helps you estimate your total cost of ownership for running Windows workloads on AWS based on service configurations you need for your business. You can include pricing for support costs, Dedicated Hosts on EC2, RDS for SQL Server cost modeling, and flexible pricing options such as Savings Plans in your estimate.

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Simplify license management for your Windows Server workloads

AWS License Manager makes it easier to manage your software licenses from software vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM across AWS and on-premises environments. Gain control over license usage, reduce costs, and reduce the risk of non-compliance through automated administrative controls for AWS cloud accounts and on-premises environments.

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How AWS helps you migrate and modernize Windows workloads

  • Assess your cloud readiness before you migrate
  • Migrate with AWS programs
  • Optimize Windows workloads after you migrate
  • Assess your cloud readiness before you migrate
  • Assess your cloud readiness before you migrate

    AWS can help you assess your readiness to move to cloud. With AWS Optimization and Licensing Assessment (AWS OLA), you can make data-driven migration decisions based on actual resource utilization, third-party licensing, and application dependencies. AWS OLA provides right-sized and licensing-optimized instance recommendations for your on-premises Windows workloads, including opportunities for Reserved Instances, optimized CPUs, Dedicated Hosts, and Microsoft BYOL options.

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  • Migrate with AWS programs
  • Migrate with AWS programs

    Customers looking to migrate Windows Server and SQL Server workloads with AWS can take advantage of AWS programs for Windows migration. With our APN Partner and Professional Services teams, AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows provides services, best practices, and tools to help our customers save costs and accelerate your migrations on AWS. The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program (EMP) for Windows Server includes technology and expert guidance to migrate your legacy applications from Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2 to newer, supported versions on AWS, without any refactoring.

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  • Optimize Windows workloads after you migrate
  • Optimize Windows workloads after you migrate

    After moving your Windows workloads onto AWS, you can continue optimizing your costs, usage, and licenses to suit your business needs. With AWS Cost Explorer, you can visualize, understand, and manage your AWS costs and usage over time to take control of spend. AWS Compute Optimizer recommends optimal AWS Compute resources for your workloads so that you can reduce costs up to 25% by analyzing historical utilization data. AWS Managed Services can help operate your cloud environment post-migration by analyzing alerts and responding to incidents, reducing operational overhead and risk. You can use AWS Systems Manager to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources and better manage your infrastructure at scale.

    AWS can also help you modernize your Windows-based applications with AWS open source services when you’re ready to break free from the high costs of commercial licensing. We offer the widest range of options to include running SQL Server database applications on EC2 Linux, moving workloads to Amazon Aurora, containerizing your Windows applications with Amazon EKS, going serverless with AWS Lambda, or leveraging a micro-services based architecture.

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The first and only fully managed, native-Windows file system

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, highly reliable, and scalable file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Built on Windows Server, Amazon FSx offers the lowest cost file storage in the cloud for Windows applications and workloads.

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Easy to use, high-performance block storage for SQL Server

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) with new Amazon EC2 R5b instances provides easy to use, high-performance block storage for Microsoft SQL Server. Benefit from the highest block storage performance with a single storage volume using io2 Block Express (Preview) and EC2 R5b. Other SSD-backed EBS options include io2 volumes for business-critical applications and gp3 volumes for general purpose applications. Amazon EBS also offers crash-consistent snapshots and enables application consistent snapshots through Windows VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Services) to help protect your SQL Server deployments.

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Windows on AWS services

Windows on AWS
Service description
AWS service
Windows Server
Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for Windows instances

Windows on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for Windows instances

Use eligible software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle on Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts

Use eligible software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle on Amazon EC2

Databases
Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for SQL Server instances

SQL Server on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for SQL Server instances

Fully managed relational database service that offers SQL Server

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server

Fully managed relational database service that offers SQL Server

Fully managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database

Amazon Aurora

Fully managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database

Storage
Fully managed native-Microsoft Windows storage

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Fully managed native-Microsoft Windows storage

High performance block storage to attach volumes to SQL Server instances

Amazon Elastic Block Store


High performance block storage to attach volumes to SQL Server instances

License management
Central license management service for AWS and on-premises environments

AWS License Manager

Central license management service for AWS and on-premises environments

Windows-based services
Managed Microsoft Active Directory with identity and access management

AWS Directory Service

Managed Microsoft Active Directory with identity and access management

Scalable Windows desktop-as-a-service solution

Desktop-as-a-service

Scalable Windows desktop-as-a-service solution

Edge and hybrid
Run AWS infrastructure and services on premises, including Windows, for a truly consistent hybrid experience

AWS Outposts

Run AWS infrastructure and services on premises, including Windows, for a truly consistent hybrid experience

Rapidly extend, migrate, and secure your VMware-based Windows workloads to the AWS cloud

VMware Cloud on AWS

Rapidly extend, migrate, and secure your VMware-based Windows workloads to the AWS cloud

Containers
Highly secure, reliable, and scalable way to run containers

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)

Run and manage Docker containers.

Easily store, manage, and deploy Windows container images

Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)

Easily store, manage, and deploy Windows container images

Fully managed Kubernetes service

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Fully managed Kubernetes service for Windows

.NET on AWS
Extension for Microsoft Visual Studio to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications

AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio

Extension for Microsoft Visual Studio to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications

Windows on AWS services

Category Service descriptions AWS service
Windows Server Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for Windows instances  Windows on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Use eligible software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle on Amazon EC2 Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts
Databases Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for SQL Server instances 
SQL Server on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Fully managed relational database service that offers SQL Server  Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server
Fully managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database Amazon Aurora
Storage Fully managed native-Microsoft Windows storage Amazon FSx for Windows File Server
High performance block storage to attach volumes to SQL Server instances Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
License management Central license management service for AWS and on-premises environments AWS License Manager
Windows-based services Managed Microsoft Active Directory with identity and access management AWS Directory Service
Scalable desktop-as-a-service solution Desktop-as-a-service
Edge and hybrid Run AWS infrastructure and services on premises, including Windows, for a truly consistent hybrid experience AWS Outposts
Rapidly extend, migrate, and secure your VMWare-based Windows workloads to the AWS cloud VMWare Cloud on AWS
Containers Highly secure, reliable, and scalable way to run Windows containers Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)
Fully managed Kubernetes service for Windows Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
Easily store, manage, and deploy Windows container images Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) 
.NET on AWS Extension for Microsoft Visual Studio to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio

Customers

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  • Expedia
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    Expedia Group is all in on AWS, with plans to migrate 80 percent of its mission-critical apps from its on-premises data centers to the cloud in the next two to three years. By using AWS, Expedia Group has become more resilient. Expedia Group’s developers have been able to innovate faster while saving the company millions of dollars.

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  • Macmillan Education
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    Macmillan Learning moved a Windows-based application to AWS to meet rapid growth. Using AWS, Macmillan can scale their testing application to support exponential user growth and provision new instances in minutes, instead of hours.

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  • Infor
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    Infor adopted an all-AWS strategy to save time and money as they manage their exponential business growth. They use Microsoft SQL Server on Amazon EC2 instances to run thousands of SQL databases, saving 75% on monthly backup costs and backing up 2 petabytes of data daily 30% faster.

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  • SeatGeek
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    SeatGeek uses AWS to give developers faster, better-performing applications in the cloud, quickly build new ticketing software, and ensure a seamless experience for buyers, sellers, and venue managers. By modernizing its .NET application on AWS, they get high availability, which is critical to ensure a seamless experience for ticket sellers, buyers, and sports and concert venue managers.

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  • Intelliguard
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    IntelliGuard moved from Azure to AWS with help from APN Partner SixNines. Since their migration, the team has been able to right-size their deployments and save costs while benefiting from a fuller feature set on Amazon RDS. Using the capabilities of AWS, IntelliGuard is taking advantage of a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline to shorten cycle release times for its application and drive value to the business more quickly.

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  • Sysco Chooses AWS to Manage its Windows-based Workloads
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    Sysco migrated its mainframe environment to Windows Server on AWS and improved Windows workload stability and performance. Sysco is a global foodservices distributor. Using AWS gives Sysco more time to focus on delivering business applications for its customers

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