Amazon Attracts Windows and .NET Developers to the AWS Cloud

Amazon is pushing harder to attract Microsoft Windows .NET developers. The company has launched two new managed services offerings aimed to woo Windows .NET developers. First, Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) for SQL Server relational database, a new service for Microsoft’s database server and second .NET applications can now be developed and operated within Amazon’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Elastic Beanstalk platform into the cloud.

For developers, deployment and administration of databases are complex operations, especially when it comes to managing updates or backups, or even to monitor. Amazon cloud is already responding to this problem with Amazon RDS for Oracle and MySQL databases.

Amazon now extends the support for community of developers under Windows. Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server will therefore allow the developer community to deportation of the operations related to databases of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 in the first instance and SQL Server 2012 as soon as this solution will be available later this year.

“We’re excited to give Windows and ASP.Net developers new options for taking advantage of AWS to quickly deploy and easily manage their databases and applications in the cloud,” said Charlie Bell, AWS vice president. “Amazon RDS now supports three of the most popular relational database engines, giving businesses the flexibility to launch a managed Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or MySQL database based on the needs of their application.”

The developers of applications based on ASP. NET can now use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk service for deployment of apps in the cloud. Downloading applications to the cloud is performed using the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, and then the service will automatically provide capacity planning, load balancing, auto monitoring of the application.

“With Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the resources running your application and you can easily manage and adjust settings to meet your needs. Because Elastic Beanstalk leverages services like Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3, you can run your application on the same highly durable and highly available infrastructure,” Amazon writes in the official blog post.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is still in beta testing and uses IIS (Internet Information Services) 7.5 and Windows Server 2008 R2 AMI (Amazon Machine Image) to run .NET applications. AWS has added several features to the platform, such as the Multi-AZ, replicas of reading and support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Elastic Beanstalk is free for customers using SQL express edition that includes 750 hours per month of an Amazon RDS micro instance with SQL Server Express Edition, 10 million I/O requests per month for up to a year and 20GB of database storage. But enterprises still have to pay to use storage data and running the applications in the cloud to AWS.

Introduced in 2006, AWS is known for its low cost, open and flexible, secure and agility cloud platform. Amazon since then introduced great new features to appeal developers, SME and large scale enterprises. Last month, the company introduced AWS CloudSearch, which offers integration of highly scalable and fully managed search functionality in their software applications.

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