Leverage AWS to Simplify your Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Upgrade

Written by Amazon Web Services on 17 March 2015 in Sponsored Article
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Microsoft announced the end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 (WS2003). After July 14, 2015 organizations will no longer receive support, service packs, or security updates for servers running WS2003. This may put your applications and business at risk. Microsoft recommends upgrading to a newer version.

Amazon EC2 enables you to run Microsoft Windows Server® (2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2) on our high-performance, reliable, cost-effective, cloud computing platform. It is a fast and dependable environment for deploying applications using the Microsoft Web Platform, including ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight™, and Internet Information Server (IIS). 

Leverage the flexibility of the cloud by migrating your applications to Amazon EC2. AWS can provide guidance and best practices on server upgrades and application migration. 

Key Benefits 

Amazon Web Services provides infrastructure services that allow you to easily run Windows Server applications in the cloud, without the cost and complexity of having to purchase or manage servers or data centers. With low, pay-as-you-go pricing and no long-term commitments, running Microsoft Windows Servers on AWS can lower ongoing IT costs. Here are some of the top benefits found with AWS

No New Hardware
There is no new hardware for you to buy, so the cost of purchasing capital equipment is eliminated. 

Get Started in Minutes
You can get started quickly with Windows Server virtual machine images, as well as many other publicly available, pre-configured virtual machine images that are pre-bundled with Microsoft products. 

Use Your Existing Microsoft Licenses
With License Mobility through Software Assurance, customers can move eligible on-premises application licenses to AWS without any additional Microsoft software license fees. Learn more here. 

On-Demand Test Environments
AWS provides an easy way to test and evaluate new Windows Server applications without having to purchase, set up, and manage new hardware for a test lab environment. 

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