Microsoft wants you to build your clouds out of the new Windows Server 2012 operating system, and it wants you to run applications on its Windows Azure cloud, too. But if it can't get you to go all-Redmond, then it will settle for you running Windows Server 2012 on Amazon's cloudy competition, the EC2 compute cloud and the …
Windows Server Premium
There will be a reason for that "hefty premium" that AWS charge for Windows Server. Nearly all of it will be the hefty Windows Server price tag and support costs. Still, companies living in the Microsoft walled garden (myself from time-to-time) are quite alright with these kind of premiums.
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