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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.