AWS is committed to making our platform the best place to run Windows workloads by helping you save costs, scale and innovate to unlock the maximum value from Windows for your organization and your end-users. Customers love our dedication to provide choice and flexibility, that allows them to define a cloud strategy that makes the most sense for their business. Read these stories on how customers are migrating to AWS to enjoy unparalleled performance and reliability. 

SQL Server on AWS

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Axinom Cuts Costs by 70%, Enables Global Expansion by Migrating to AWS

"Moving to AWS, from the previous solution based on Azure, benefited Axinom VIP tremendously. By going fully cloud-native we not only lowered the video processing costs and reduced idle hardware, but our customers also benefit from our service scaling up and down much faster and providing increased performance and availability.”

- Johannes Jauch, CTO, Axinom

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Infor saves 75 percent of costs, increases 30 percent backup speed by running SQL Server on AWS

Infor keeps pace with global business growth while saving time and money by going all in on AWS. It runs more than 30 customer-facing applications on the AWS Cloud, to provide enterprise resource planning and other software solutions to a range of enterprises worldwide. Infor uses Microsoft SQL Server on Amazon EC2 I2 instances, and has about two petabytes of application data to back up every day. By using Amazon Elastic Block Store volume types optimized for throughput, Infor can now complete these backups 30 percent more quickly, at a 75 percent cost savings

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Hess Corporation speeds database migration in six months on AWS

“If something didn’t work, we could tear it down and build it up in hours or days. The flexibility to build out dozens of servers rapidly was huge for us.”

- Jim McDonald, Lead Architect, Hess Corporation

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Kaplan improves infrastructure reliability and latency by running application stack on AWS

“Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) allows our DBA team to focus less on the day-to-day maintenance and use their time to work on enhancements. And Elastic Load Balancing has allowed us to move away from expensive and complicated load balancers and retain the required functionality. Using multiple regions allows us to put our data closer to the customer for a better end-user experience”

- Chad Marino, Executive Director of Technology Services, Kaplan

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Delaware North reduces 90 percent of server blueprint, saves 3.5 million in costs by running datacenter on AWS

“We compared the costs of keeping our on-premises data center versus moving to the AWS cloud…We estimate that moving to AWS will save us at least $3.5 million over five years by reducing our server hardware by more than 90 percent. But the cost savings will likely be greater due to additional benefits, like the increased compute capacity we can get using AWS. That lets us continually add more and larger workloads than we could using a traditional data center infrastructure, and achieve savings by only paying for what we use.”

- Kevin Quinlivan, Chief Techology Officer, Delaware North

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JobVite increases service availability above 99.98 percent on AWS

“Now we’re well above 99.98 percent availability for our services. The difference is night and day. “We were in a situation where my team was working around the clock to maintain a high level of service. After we migrated to AWS, my system and database administrators now regularly get a full night of sleep. We also raised an additional $25 million of expansion capital from investors.”

Theodore Kim, Senior Director of SaaS Operations, Jobvite

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IATA increases front-end processing by 100 percent, improves customer response times on AWS

“The AWS Cloud is changing the paradigm—it’s letting us be considerably more strategic in how we spend our resources, not to mention providing more functionality to users. We need AWS so that we can turn around the data quickly for our customers. Our response times have definitely improved, thanks to Amazon EC2.”

-Pascal Buchner, Director of IT Services & CIO, IATA

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Windows Server on AWS

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Ancestry moves petabytes of workloads onto AWS for scalability, security, and privacy

“AWS provides us with the flexibility we need to stay at the forefront of consumer genomics. We’re confident that AWS provides us with unmatched scalability, security, and privacy.”

- Nat Naterajan, VP Product & Technology, Ancestry

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Expedia builds service in 3 months, decreases network latency on AWS

“Using AWS, we were able to build and deliver the ESS service within three months. Latency was our biggest issue. Using AWS, we decreased average network latency from 700 milliseconds to less than 50 milliseconds.”

- Magesh Chandramouli, Principal Architect, Expedia

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Unilever reduces launch times to 2 days, runs hundreds of web properties on AWS

“By using AWS, we improved time to launch for a digital marketing campaign from two weeks to an average of two days. That’s more than seven times faster than our traditional environment. If a brand manager has an idea, he or she can implement it before the competition.”

- Sreenivas Yalamanchili, Digital Marketing Services (DMS) Global Technical Manager, Unilever

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Macmillan provisions instances in minutes, achieves scalability on AWS

“Using AWS, we have on-demand capacity for Launchpad. We can easily scale the application to support the exponential user growth we are witnessing each academic year. We can now provision new instances in minutes, as opposed to the hours it used to take.”

- Dawit Lessanu, Vice President of Architecture and Engineering, Macmillan Learning

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Modernizing Windows Server and SQL Server on AWS

As customers bring their Windows workloads to AWS, many will look to modernize over time to reduce costs, gain agility and break free from licensing restrictions. Here are a few stories of customers which modernized their SQL Server databases on AWS.

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Biblica increases scalability, improves website performance by modernizing on AWS

"Biblica, the International Bible Society, was experiencing website performance issues due to high traffic levels. MissionCloud moved Biblica onto more scalable infrastructure, specifically around auto-scaling and shared storage using EFS for their workload. “Biblica appropriately sized their database to handle very high traffic levels by migrating their on-premises Microsoft SQL Server database to Amazon Aurora MySQL on Linux.”

- Mark Medina, VP Marketing, MissionCloud

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Davinci speeds performance, enables innovation by moving to AWS  

“For us Aurora-Postgres on Linux means database freedom, rich set of features, flexibility and scalability. We think it’s made for financial services and it helps us to stay ahead of competitors.”

- Jan Lamber Voortman, Managing Director, Davinci

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Decisiv delivers continuous availability, doubles productivity by moving to AWS

"Aurora PostgreSQL on Linux is instrumental for Decisiv as we upgrade our infrastructure to support the growing scale, performance and reliability requirements that our customers expect. We've consolidated multiple SQL Server instances into a single database that boasts higher performance at a better cost. Thanks to Aurora, our migration from SQL Server to PostgreSQL on Linux went more smoothly than we anticipated, and we are now well-positioned to rapidly scale."

- Satish Joshi, CTO, Decisiv

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Earth Networks reaches global customers with high availability on AWS Aurora  

“Earth Networks utilizes AWS Aurora as the high-availability database backend for our critical Entity Management system. This system provides partner and account subscription management, authorization, access, and customization details for all our SaaS and DaaS products and services. Customers can easily update their access and settings, add additional subscriptions or products, refine customizations for their users’ profiles, and manage licenses. With AWS’s Aurora services, our infrastructure provides best-in-class security, structure, and availability to support our customers’ access and customization needs so they can leverage our critical weather data to make smart business and safety decisions.”

- Randy Lakin, Director of IT, Earth Networks

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FireEye improves time to market from years to months on Aurora

“Modernizing onto AWS Aurora and Amazon Serverless services allowed FireEye to release a product in marketplace in months, versus years. We will be able to innovate and scale to meet the elastic requirements of our customers and grow to meet their needs.”

- Sai Vashisht, Distinguished Engineer, FireEye

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Madgex reduces spend by 30% on SQL Server on Linux  

“Madgex software powers over 200 global job board brands. We handle over 5 million geography calls to our location database daily and needed a solution that allowed us to scale the service effectively. Utilising SQL Server on Linux has enabled us to be more reactive in our scaling solution, and seen us reduce our spend by 30%. Now we can easily change server type, allowing us to react to the change in traffic throughout the year, without impacting service.”

- Chris Adams, CTO, Madgex

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Mathnasium achieves efficiency, achieves freedom on Aurora  

"Having automated backups, database snapshots, multiple availability zones and the ease of being able to change class sizes has made Mathnasium far more efficient than they were with on-premises SQL Server. Now, instead of having to dedicate different IT professionals to separate tasks, Mathnasium can easily manage everything from a single console, freeing up the department to focus on other development concerns.“

- Jason Condello, VP of Technology, Mathnasium

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SeatGeek chose to use Microsoft .NET Core and C#, in addition to Linux and Postgres, to create an industry-shifting integration platform

“By running our .NET application on AWS, we get high availability, which is critical to ensure a seamless experience for ticket sellers, buyers, and sports and concert venue managers.”

– Jon Coe, Senior Software Engineer, SeatGeek

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Visma speeds go-to-market rate by modernizing .NET applications on AWS  

“By migrating one of our .Net applications to AWS and modernizing, we were able to go from releasing 6 software features per year to releasing 6 features per month. That means we can respond quickly to new market opportunities and get new features to customers before our competitors.”

- Alexander Lystad, Chief Cloud Architect, Visma

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Wonderlend Hubs obtains 3x throughput at half the capacity on Aurora

"At Wonderlend Hubs, we chose AWS Aurora PostgresSQL RDS as our database when we re-imagined our cloud-native digital loan processing platform. The Wonderlend Hubs Gateway API Server, WLH Core Services & Process Server along with the user portals, work seamlessly with the Aurora PostGreSQL RDS backend in a highly-available, scalable, durable and resilient architecture. In stress tests that we have run, we've been able obtain 3x the throughput with an Aurora instance sized at less than half the compute and memory capacity of our earlier on-prem version running on a popular commercial DB server. Partnering with AWS Aurora, we are now able to deliver ‘Lending freedom with Database freedom’ to our clients and partners."

- Ram Ramdas , Founder & Chief Evangelist, Wonderlend Hubs

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Xero increases productivity, focuses on improvement on SQL server on Linux

“Running Windows on AWS was a key enabler in our move to AWS in 2015. CloudFormation allowed us to reimagine our existing manual deployment processes entirely in code. More recently AWS System Manager made it even easier to run script for patching in a controlled manner across portions of our Windows fleet. Finally, the stability of the EC2 platform when combined with Autoscaling groups gives us peace of mind around tolerating Availability Zone failure without missing a beat. This allows our teams to focus on improving the application or in some cases transitioning part of the stack to containers. Over the next 3 years, Xero plans to move from a 70% Windows / 30% Linux mix to a 30% Windows / 70% Linux mix of OS. The flexibility of the AWS Platform has been a key enabler in this change.”

- Ben Salt, Executive GM of Reliability, Xero

Migrating from Microsoft Azure to AWS

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eMarketer Achieves 18% Cost Savings and Reliability by Moving from Azure to AWS

“A year ago we moved the majority of our workloads including .Net based microservices, Kubernetes Clusters, Microsoft SQL Server, and more from Azure into AWS. Our experiences with AWS’s sales team, Technical Support and Solutions Architects are a world of difference. With the improved performance and reliability of our microservices, and approximately 18% cost savings, we haven’t looked back.”

- David Sheehan, Lead DevOps Engineer / Systems Architect, eMarketer

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IntelliGuard uses AWS to securely scale and deploy an RFID inventory management system in 30 minute

"When I first came to IntelliGuard, I saw what we had built in Azure and, knowing what I knew about AWS, felt it was only right to advocate that we move to AWS. I feel AWS is much more mature than Azure. It was the obvious choice. We must make it easy for our developers to deploy into an infrastructure, create solutions, and iterate. When we ran in Azure, I didn't see those capabilities for our team. For example, the Azure SQL database solution didn't have much of the functionality we wanted to take advantage of, even though SQL is a Microsoft product. Comparatively, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for SQL Server provided us all of the flexibility and functionality we needed and more."

- Jeff Webber, Director of Technology, IntelliGuard

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Pacific Magazines tackles stability and scalability by migrating to AWS

"That [DDoS] attack was more than double the spike that had triggered the most recent downtime event on our previous cloud infrastructure, but on AWS it was barely a blip. With zero downtime and no effect on user experience, we avoided revenue losses and damage to our reputation with readers and advertisers."

- Will Everitt, Director of Digital Product and Technology, Pacific Magazines