Amazon Makes EC2 for Windows Public, Guarantees 99.95 uptime

In a bid to enhance its appeal to big business users, Amazon has made a couple of crucial changes in its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) module.

To start with the company has launched the public beta version of EC2 that extends its support to both Windows Server and SQL Server, which can be seen as its move to compete with Microsoft’s Cloud Computing offerings.

Despite the full-fledged public beta version of EC2, it still allows some developers to launch apps on the platform, and others to introduce supplementing services on it, which may make the services incompetent for big business environs.

Users would need to pay 12.5 cents per compute hour for using Windows Server with Amazon’s EC2.

In addition the company has also made EC2 for Linux available, which paves way for business users to sign service level contract that assures reliability and certain level of up time for them.

The service level agreement promises 99.95 percent uptime availability of services with a trailing period of 365-days.