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Microsoft Workloads on AWS

The proven, reliable, secure cloud
for Windows

Organizations have been running Microsoft Workloads on AWS for over 16 years, longer than any other cloud provider. AWS offers the best platform for Windows Server and SQL Server for higher performance and reliability, greater security, more migration support, the broadest and deepest capabilities, lower total cost of ownership, and flexible licensing options.  With Tech Reformers’ expertise, we can help you lift-and-shift, refactor, or even modernize your Windows workloads.

Why Microsoft Workloads on AWS

X Faster

higher performance for a SQL Server workload than the next largest cloud provider

X larger

more regions with multiple availability zones than the next largest cloud provider

X More Services

offering encryption than the next largest cloud provider

% savings

using AWS over three years, by right-sizing instances with Migration Evaluator


on AWS

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 Microsoft workloads to AWS, customers can realize a 98% reduction in unplanned downtime, 71% faster deployment, and 26% higher developer productivity, per IDC. AWS also delivered 2x better performance and 62% lower cost for a SQL Server workload on an EC2 R5b.8xlarge instance when directly tested against the next largest cloud provider, per Principled Technologies.

AWS offers 230 security, compliance, and governance services and features, 5x more services than the next largest cloud provider. With the AWS Nitro System, the underlying platform for EC2 instances, virtualization functions are offloaded to dedicated hardware and software resulting in a minimized attack surface. The Nitro Security chip continuously monitors, protects, and verifies the instance hardware and firmware. AWS 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 migrations. With AWS Identity Services, you can also manage identities and permissions at scale, while providing flexible options for where and how you manage your employee, partner, and customer information.  

AWS has unmatched experience helping millions of organizations reach their migration goals faster through unique tools and services. With AWS Database Migration Service, AWS has migrated over 900,000 databases. Tech Reformers can help you quickly and securely migrate, while minimizing downtime to applications. The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program can migrate legacy Windows Server applications to the latest, supported versions of Windows Server on AWS. The AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows provides best practices, tools and incentives to reduce the complexity and cost of migrating to the cloud with support from AWS Partners and Professional Services.

AWS offers over 350 Amazon EC2 instances where comparable services are simply not available from other cloud providers. They provide the only fully managed services for native-Windows file system with Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and for Kubernetes on Windows with Amazon EKS, enabling you to simplify management overhead and reduce costs. Amazon Elastic Block Store offers 99.999% availability, 99.999% durability, and performant block storage for your most demanding SQL Server deployments. Customers also choose AWS for the best and most consistent networking performance for Microsoft applications, delivering 3x more throughput and 25% lower latency than the next cloud provider. 

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, per IDC. AWS also offers customers more ways to save through unique pricing models such as Savings Plans, which provide you with savings up to 72% on Amazon EC2 instances, and Amazon EC2 Spot, which reduces costs by up to 90% on compute instances for fault tolerant workloads. 

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. You can bring your existing licenses to AWS with Amazon EC2 Dedicated HostsAmazon EC2 Dedicated Instances, or EC2 instances with default tenancy using Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance. AWS License Manager makes it easier to track the usage of software licenses and reduce the risk of non-compliance. 

Estimate cost savings from migrating or modernizing Microsoft workloads to AWS

The AWS Pricing Calculator helps you estimate your total cost of ownership for running Microsoft workloads on AWS based on service configurations you need for your business. You can include pricing for support costs, Dedicated Hosts on EC2, RDS for SQL Server cost modeling, and flexible pricing options such as Savings Plans in your estimate.

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