Amazon puts Windows Server 2012 into AWS
Amazon has announced the availability of Windows Server 2012 on its EC2 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform. It joins the company's existing offerings of Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 and brings with it a number of enhancements. From a Windows perspective, these include a server manager for multi-server setup and improved PowerShell, IIS 8.0 and .NET framework 4.5.
Amazon's enhanced support includes support for Windows Server, including Windows Server 2012, in the "Free Usage Tier" which gives 720 hours of a Micro instance a month for a full year. Amazon has also ensured that the AMI images of Windows Server 2012 are available in 19 different languages and in every region. Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk also now supports Windows Server 2012-based .NET applications. Creating AWS projects in Visual Studio 2012 is supported, with templates for empty, console and web AWS projects available in the Visual Studio tools for AWS, along with AWS Explorer, which enables all the developer's AWS resources to be visualised. A video has also been made available which steps through the process of using Windows 2012 and Amazon EC2.