Thursday, October 2, 2008

Windows Server on Amazon EC2

As soon as I finished yesterday's blog entry, I became aware of a posting by Amazon's CTO, Werner Vogels, where he announces that Microsoft's Windows Server is available on Amazon EC2. According to Vogels: "we can now run the majority of popular software systems in the cloud". So there you have it, both Amazon and Microsoft are/will be offering Windows based applications in the cloud.

According the Vogels' blog the area that accelerated to adoption of this functionality in Amazon's Elastic Cloud was the entertainment industry due to the wide range of excellent codecs available for Windows. Here is the power of Microsoft's dominance of the client side translating into a huge benefit for cloud adoption. With 20-20 hindsight, the benefit of quality codecs is now obvious, and it will drive very quick adoption of Windows in the Cloud. Content apparently is still king and thus the conduit that delivers it is a critical component. Turns out that Microsoft does have an unfair advantage in the Cloud space.

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