Windows shops now more welcome in Amazon cloud

Amazon Web Services brings Windows Server-based programs from Parallels, MicroStrategy and Quest into its fold

Amazon Web Services has announced support for a handful of Windows Server applications in its public cloud, the company's latest move to attract enterprise IT shops.

More specifically, AWS now makes applications from Parallels, MicroStrategy and Quest Software, all of which can run on Windows Server, available through its AWS Marketplace.

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At AWS's recent user conference in Las Vegas the company made a distinct effort to highlight its products and services geared toward the enterprise market. For example, the company announced Redshift, a data warehousing tool, as well as Data Pipeline, which aggregates data from multiple sources for analysis and management.

AWS offers customers the ability to spin up Windows and Linux-powered virtual machines, including instances of Windows Server -- including versions 2003 R2, 2008 R2 and 2012. Today, Amazon announced support for applications that are optimized to run on those Windows VMs. Amazon users now have access to Parallels, MicroStrategy and Quest Software. Parallels' Plesk hosting control panel allows users to run Windows and Linux VMs simultaneously, while MicroStrategy offers a business analytics platform optimized for Windows. Quest's Toad software is a database management tool that supports Oracle, SQL and MySQL databases.

AWS is also calling on Microsoft ISVs and software resellers to place their products and services in AWS's Marketplace, which is its central repository for applications available from AWS's public cloud. AWS also offers support and update cycles for apps that run in its cloud.

AWS announced the news in a formal press release, a less common form of communication for the company. Usually AWS announces news on its blog, which is geared at explaining to developers how new products and services can be launched in its cloud.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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