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Amazon EC2 April 2020 Update

Released on April 20th, 2020

AWS Announces the Migration Acceleration Program for Windows

AWS now offers the Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows. MAP for Windows provides services, best practices, and tools to help our customers save costs, accelerate their migrations and modernize their Windows workloads on AWS. 

MAP for Windows, an extension of the proven MAP methodology, assesses customer readiness along the dimensions of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework. By leveraging the MAP for Windows methodology, we can help you build a migration plan, support the migration of your Windows workloads on AWS, and provide you with incentives to help offset the costs associated with migrations.  

APN Partners and the AWS ProServe team help you execute migration plans and are experts in the MAP approach with proven experience managing large-scale migrations on AWS. With expert support, a proven methodology, and 11 years of experience running mission-critical Windows workloads for our customers, the MAP for Windows program will help simplify and accelerate your cloud migrations.  

To learn more on migrating and modernizing Windows Server or SQL Server, visit the MAP for Windows page, learn from the migration experiences of other AWS customers, and read Fred Wurden's blog post on MAP for Windows.

Announcing the Ability to run Windows Server License Included Instances on EC2 Dedicated Hosts

You can now run license included Windows Server instances on EC2 Dedicated Hosts, which enables you to use fully compliant Windows Server software licenses from AWS with a pay-as-you-go model. This new capability helps in scenarios where you have eligible SQL Server licenses to use on Dedicated Hosts but do not have accompanying Windows Server licenses to run the SQL Server workloads. 

Until now, you could only bring your own eligible Windows Server licenses to Dedicated Hosts. Now, in addition, you can use the Windows Server AMIs provided by Amazon to run the latest versions of Windows Server on Dedicated Hosts. You can use the Windows Server AMIs via the AWS Management Console, APIs, and CLI in all AWS regions outside of China.  

For pricing information see Dedicated Host Pricing. For more information on licensing, please visit the Windows on AWS FAQ. Additional information on Microsoft licensing options on AWS can be found here

EC2 Image Builder Adds Support for Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, and SLES

EC2 Image Builder, a service that makes it easier and faster to build and maintain secure Virtual Machine images now supports additional Operating Systems - Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Amazon Linux 2 and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2 operating systems are already supported. 

Image Builder provides a one-stop-shop to automate image management processes such as creation, patching, testing, distribution, and sharing. Customers can generate an automated pipeline to produce secure, up-to-date Linux and Windows Server images. When software updates become available, Image Builder automatically produces a new image and distributes it to stipulated AWS regions after running tests on it. 

Support for the additional OSes is available in all AWS regions. EC2 Image Builder offered at no cost, other than the cost of the AWS resources used to create, store, and share the images. For more information, see Image Builder documentation

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