Cloud computing provider Amazon Web Services announced on Tuesday that it has added more features for Windows developers with Amazon RDS for SQL server and .NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
This announcement comes one month after AWS launched AWS Marketplace for customer to deploy software and services in one-click.
Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels says in a blog post that the new features illustrates its commitment to its customers in allowing them to choose their preferred operating system, programming language, development tools and database software to meet the requirements of their application.
The move will improve Windows compatibility in the AWS cloud, and will provide an alternative to Windows Azure cloud or other public clouds that offer similar features. A cloud provider that offers features for Windows developers may need to explore other ways to differentiate its offering from Amazon.
Launched in 2009, Amazon Relational Database for MySQL is one of the most popular services on AWS according to Vogels. It manages database administration tasks like patch management, striping the storage for better performance, and database and log backups for disaster recovery.
In 2011, AWS launched Amazon RDS for Oracle. Amazon RDS currently supports SQL Server 2008 R2 and plans to add support for SQL Server later this year. On Monday, web hosting provider Infinitely Virtual launched a hosted product based on Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012.
There are four different SQL Server Editions: Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise. New customers can try Amazon RDS for SQL Server with a free usage tier that includes 750 hours per month of Amazon RDS micro instances with SQL Server Express Edition, 20GB of database storage and 10 million I/O reqests per month.
Elastic Beanstalk gives developers a way to quickly build and manage Java, PHP and now .NEt applications in the AWS cloud. It targets both application developers and platform developers. Developers upload applications and Elastic Beanstalk automatically creates the AWS resources and application stack needed to run the application.
The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio allows developers to deploy .NET applications directly to Elastic Beanstalk without leaving their development environment.
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