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Amazon Seeds Windows Cloud

Amazon wasn't satisfied with just selling books online, so it started hocking everything from music to clothes to bike parts. Then it looked around and realized it had a rather massive datacenter(s)...so why not sell computing power, as well?

Many of Amazon's cloud services have apparently been Linux-based. But Linux isn't enough for many customers who want to run Windows Server and SQL Server remotely. Amazon is more than happy to oblige, and is now beta testing these two platforms.

Microsoft itself is widely expected to announce a cloud of its own later this month. Will clouds change the role of IT? And what services would you most want up there? Wise answers welcome, as always, at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/06/2008 at 1:16 PM


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