AWS Also Announces Amazon EC2 General Availability, Service Level Agreement, and New Features Coming in 2009
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AMZN), today launched a public beta of Amazon Elastic Compute
Cloud (Amazon EC2) running Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL
Server, providing even greater flexibility for deploying solutions in
the AWS cloud. Additionally, AWS today announced that Amazon EC2 is
now Generally Available, having successfully exited its beta period
and now offers a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Launched in beta in
August of 2006, Amazon EC2 is the popular AWS service that provides
resizable compute capacity in the cloud for businesses and developers.
To sign up for Amazon EC2 and other AWS services, go to
"When we launched Amazon EC2 over two years ago, the idea of
accessing computing power over the web was still a novel idea. Today a
diverse array of businesses drawn by the benefits of cloud computing
-- cost savings without giving up speed, reliability, flexibility, and
performance -- are running EC2 for all types of applications," said
Peter De Santis, General Manager of Amazon EC2. "We've listened
closely to our customers for the past two years and worked backward
from their requirements, adding important new features such as those
we are announcing today -- Windows support and a Service Level
Eli Lilly and Company is a leading pharmaceutical company with a
history of innovation. As a part of Lilly's efforts to find new and
improved methods to support research, Lilly recently began using AWS.
"Amazon EC2 has given us the ability to easily spin up tailored
computing environments that can quickly and cost-effectively process
tremendous amounts of research data," said Dave Powers, Associate
Information Consultant at Eli Lilly and Company. "This is a huge step
forward in maximizing our results relative to IT spend, and now that
Amazon EC2 runs Windows and SQL Server, we have even greater
flexibility in the kinds of applications we can build in the AWS
Windows and SQL Server Support for Amazon EC2
Beginning today, customers can employ Amazon EC2 running Windows
Server or SQL Server with all of the performance, reliability, and
scalability benefits of Amazon EC2. Windows with Amazon EC2 has been a
common request of AWS customers since the service launched. Amazon EC2
now provides an ideal environment for deploying ASP.NET web sites,
high performance computing clusters, media transcoding solutions, and
many other Windows-based applications. Like all services offered by
AWS, Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server offers a low,
pay-as-you-go model with no long-term commitments and no minimum fees.
Pricing for using Windows Server with Amazon EC2 begins at $0.125 per
"Autodesk is the industry leader in design innovation technology.
Traditionally, our software products for managing, analyzing and
rendering CAD data are built for the Windows operating system.
However, new web-based applications, such as Autodesk Seek, require
large scale processing of CAD data, and we've made Amazon EC2 our
environment of choice for data processing. With the release of Amazon
EC2 running Windows Server, we are now able to run all necessary
software in the AWS cloud for our complete backend data processing
needs, making our overall architecture more consistent and ultimately
cheaper as we scale up," said Mike Haley, Senior Architect, Search
Engineering at Autodesk.
"RenderRocket delivers professional-level rendering power
on-demand to 3-D production teams. We launch intensive 3-D rendering
jobs for films and TV on Amazon EC2 to take advantage of Amazon's
massive compute power. We pay only for the resources we consume, and
can expand our use of Amazon EC2 in relation to the growth of our
business. Amazon EC2 running Windows Server offers additional
opportunities to grow our business by offering Windows-based services
to our customers," said Ruben Perez, CEO of RenderRocket.
For more information about Amazon EC2 running Windows or SQL
Server please go to aws.amazon.com/windows.
Amazon EC2 Service Level Agreement
With over two years of operation and many highly-requested
features added, Amazon EC2 is today exiting its beta into general
availability and offering customers a Service Level Agreement (SLA).
The Amazon EC2 SLA guarantees 99.95% availability of the service
within a Region over a trailing 365 day period, or customers are
eligible to receive service credits back. The new Amazon EC2 SLA is
designed to give customers additional confidence that even the most
demanding applications will run dependably in the AWS cloud.
New Features for Amazon EC2 in 2009
To help customers better plan their future hardware and software
investments, AWS today announced plans to release several new features
in 2009 that will make managing cloud-based applications even easier.
Thousands of customers employ the massive compute power of Amazon EC2
to build highly scalable and reliable solutions. AWS will deliver
additional features that automate customer usage of Amazon EC2 for
more cost-efficient consumption of compute power and provide greater
visibility into the operational health of an application running in
the AWS cloud. These features include:
- Load Balancing - Enables customers to balance incoming
requests and distribute traffic across multiple Amazon EC2
- Auto-Scaling - Automatically grows and shrinks usage of Amazon
EC2 compute capacity based on application requirements.
- Monitoring - Enables customers to monitor operational metrics
of Amazon EC2, providing even better visibility into usage of
the AWS cloud.
- Management Console - Provides a simple, point-and-click web
interface that lets customers manage and access their AWS
About Amazon EC2
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2) is a web
service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Amazon
EC2's simple web service interface allows businesses to obtain and
configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides complete control
of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon's proven
computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain
and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly
scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements
change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you
to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
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Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers
Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most
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Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with
access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own
back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable
virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by
Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2),
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