Admins evaluating running an instance of Windows Server 2012 have one more option: Amazon Web Services.
It’s a new addition to the popular cloud service, which already served Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, said Tom Rizzo, general manager for Amazon’s AWS Windows team and former Microsoft employee in a company blog post.
Users will be able to take advantage of all the new features in Windows Server 2012 in Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.
Amazon offers a free tier, so that users can evaluate Windows Server for 750 hours in a Micro instance. If a customer decides to use it in production, they can restart on a larger instance without any data loss, Rizzo said.
The company also added support for Windows Server 2012 to its Elastic Beanstalk feature. That means .NET applications crafted for Windows Server 2012 will run on the service and be deployed from the AWS Management console.
Microsoft, of course, offers its own cloud services with Azure (see how they compare).
Amazon will be holding Windows-focused sessions at its re:Invent conference next week in Las Vegas.