Amazon now allows Windows Server developers to distribute cloud apps via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.
The product portfolio is still very limited and stood at 25 applications at the time of this writing. 18 of those applications are offered by Microsoft. However, Amazon promised that the initial set of applications will be extended "with many more in the pipeline for release in the near future." The supported Windows Server versions are Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.
Amazon said that developers can choose to run Windows in the free usage tier with up to 750 free hours per month. When scaled, Windows is available over all instance types from micro instances to cluster-computing instances.
The current third-party services lineup includes SAP's Afaria, Parallels' Plesk Panel, Toad for Oracle, Toad for SQL Server, as well as Toad for MySQL and MicroStrategy Suite. The AWS Marketplace also offers 433 different software products for Linux/Unix.
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