brajesh writes: "Amazon Web Services Blog has an announcement that Amazon will now offer Windows server on its web service for virtual computing ("teh cloud") environment — EC2. From the post — "Beta level support for Microsoft Windows is now available on EC2, in the form of 32 and 64 bit AMIs, with pricing starting at $0.125 per hour. Microsoft SQL Server is also available in 64 bit form.". Significantly, ZDnet says "Amazon has made a few tweaks and additions to its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure just days before Microsoft is expected to launch its head-to-head competitive service at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC).""
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