Microsoft Workloads on AWS

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Customers have been running Microsoft Workloads on AWS for over 12 years, longer than any other cloud provider. AWS offer the best platform for Windows Server and SQL Server for higher performance and reliability, greater security and identity services, more migration support, the broadest and deepest capabilities, lower total cost of ownership, and flexible licensing options. Alpha Data supports everything you need to build and run Windows applications including Active Directory, .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows desktop-as-a-service, and all supported versions of Windows Server. With our proven expertise, we can help you easily lift-and-shift, refactor, or even modernize your Windows workloads.

Why Windows on AWS

Higher Reliability and Performance

AWS has the broadest global infrastructure with 77 Availability Zones (AZ) across 24 regions and 99.99% availability for each Amazon EC2 region. By moving your Windows workloads to AWS, customers can realize a 98% reduction in unplanned downtime, 71% faster deployment, and 26% higher developer productivity

Greater Security and Identity Services

AWS offers 230 security, compliance, and governance services and features, 5x more services than the next largest cloud provider. Alpha Data offers AWS Managed Active Directory securely in the cloud eliminating the need for you to synchronize or replicate data from your existing Active Directory during migration.

Flexible Licensing Options

AWS offers the most options in the cloud for using new and existing Microsoft software licenses on AWS. By purchasing Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) or Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) license-included instances, you get new, fully compliant SQL Server licenses from AWS.

Broadest and Deepest Capabilities

AWS offers over 350 Amazon EC2 instances where comparable services are simply not available from other cloud providers.

More Migration Experience

AWS has unmatched experience helping millions of organizations reach their migration goals faster through unique tools and services.

Lower TCO

Customers can accelerate growth, drive efficiencies, and realize long-term cost reductions running Windows on AWS. Customers can reduce 5-year cost of operations by 56% and gain 37% lower infrastructure costs, delivering up to 442% ROI over 3 years.

How Alpha Data can help you migrate and modernize Windows workloads

Assess your cloud readiness before you migrate

Alpha Data can help you assess your readiness to move to cloud. With AWS Optimization and Licensing Assessment (AWS OLA), you can make data-driven migration decisions based on actual resource utilization, third-party licensing, and application dependencies. AWS OLA provides right-sized and licensing-optimized instance recommendations for your on-premises Windows workloads, including opportunities for Reserved Instances, optimized CPUs, Dedicated Hosts, and Microsoft BYOL options.

Migrate with Alpha Data

Customers looking to migrate Windows Server and SQL Server workloads with AWS can take advantage of Alpha Data internal toolsets and AWS programs for Windows migration. With our Professional Services teams, AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows provides services, best practices, and tools to help our customers save costs and accelerate your migrations on AWS. The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program (EMP) for Windows Server includes technology and expert guidance to migrate your legacy applications from Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2 to newer, supported versions on AWS, without any refactoring.

Optimize Windows workloads after you migrate

After moving your Windows workloads onto AWS, you can continue optimizing your costs, usage, and licenses to suit your business needs. With AWS Cost Explorer, you can visualize, understand, and manage your AWS costs and usage over time to take control of spend. AWS Compute Optimizer recommends optimal AWS Compute resources for your workloads so that you can reduce costs up to 25% by analyzing historical utilization data. Alpha Data Managed Services can help operate your cloud environment post-migration by analyzing alerts and responding to incidents, reducing operational overhead and risk.

Windows on AWS services

Windows on AWS

Windows Server

Service Description

Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for Windows instances

Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for Windows instances

AWS Service

 Windows on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts


Secure and resizable compute capacity (virtual servers) in the cloud for SQL Server instances

Fully managed relational database service that offers SQL Server

Fully managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database

SQL Server on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Relational Database (RDS) for SQL Server

Amazon Aurora


Fully managed native-Microsoft Windows storage

High performance block storage to attach volumes to SQL Server instances

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Amazon Elastic Block Store

Line Management

Central license management service for AWS and on-premises environments

AWS License Manager

Windows-based services

Managed Microsoft Active Directory with identity and access management

Scalable Windows desktop-as-a-service solution

AWS Directory Service



Highly secure, reliable, and scalable way to run containers

Run containers on customer-managed infrastructure

Easily store, manage, and deploy Windows container images

Fully managed Kubernetes service

Serverless compute orchestration

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)

Amazon ECS Anywhere

Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

AWS Fargate


Extension for Microsoft Visual Studio to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications

AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio

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