Amazon Web Services offers you the flexibility to run Microsoft SQL Server for as much or as little time as you need. You can select from a number of versions of Microsoft SQL Server, as well as choose between running it on Amazon EC2 or Amazon RDS.
SQL Server Express Edition 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014: An entry-level database product that enables small database applications. The maximum size of a database supported is 10 GB. This product is offered at no-additional cost over the base Microsoft Windows Server instance price on EC2.
SQL Server Web Edition 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014: A mid-level database product that is restricted to Web facing applications, and available at a low cost over the base Windows Server instance price on EC2. This product offers unlimited database size, easy manageability, and is suitable for small to large-scale Web applications.
SQL Server Standard Edition 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014: A higher-end database product that allows unrestricted use for building enterprise-scale Windows-based applications, and massively scalable websites. SQL Server Standard includes support for Mirroring, and is suitable for applications with High Availability needs.
All versions of SQL Server integrate with Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), enabling you to take advantage of the persistence, performance, and reliability of Amazon EBS for all your databases. Click here to learn more about all the database options with AWS. To find details on available AMIs please visit the Windows AMI page or the AMI Catalog.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the most recent release of Microsoft SQL Server and related components. SQL Server 2014 enables you to build mission-critical applications and Big Data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads.
You can launch your SQL 2014 on a broad range of hardware configuration that best meets your needs by selecting SQL Server 2014 from the AWS Marketplace (https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace).
Additionally, Amazon Web Services provides a number of options for developers wanting to run a SQL Server database. You can run fully a managed relational service on Amazon RDS or you can operate your own database in the cloud on Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS.
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|A relational database service with minimal administration||Amazon RDS for SQL Server, a fully managed service that offers SQL Server 2012 while offloading database administration tasks like managing backups, detecting failures and recovering and much more.|
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If you are new to AWS, you will need to create an AWS account before you can launch an Amazon EC2 or Amazon RDS instance.
Also, you can use the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Microsoft Windows Guide to get information on launching Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows software as well as the Amazon RDS Getting Started Guide.