AWS aims for users with Microsoft enterprise agreements
Taking another stab at being enterprise friendly, Amazon Web Services has launched a pilot program for users that have enterprise agreement licensing with Microsoft. Users can now bring their Windows Server licenses and get Windows instances at the same price as Linux instances. In most cases, that's a 30% savings.
Enterprise agreements with Microsoft mean the buyer gets steep, sometimes alarmingly steep, discounts on Windows and Office licenses. The EC2 premium on Windows instances is a licensing fee to Redmond. Larger Windows shops mulling over AWS can now avoid paying for licenses twice and get their Windows boxes at the same discount they enjoy in-house.
It may or may not push Windows shops into EC2, but it's a shrewd stab at lowering the barriers to entry, something Amazon is wildly successful at doing. It's also a pilot program, so the deal might not stick around if Microsoft decides it's not worth it.
Dell buddies up with Joyent for private clouds
Dell last made cloud news when it apparently tried to trademark the term "cloud computing" (which was an abject failure) and was roundly hooted at by derisive pundits and cloud vendors angry that they hadn't thought of it first. Now, the company is poised to make a slightly better impression by announcing that Dell will sell a private cloud line based on its server hardware and Joyent's cloud infrastructure software.
Details are sparse, as the offering is apparently a work in progress, but presumably this will be Dell's cloud-in-a-box line, something like IBM's CloudBurst appliance. IT shops can expect to buy Dell iron preconfigured and set up to run Joyent's secret cloud sauce right out of the box.
However, just to make sure it hadn't completely missed out on the opportunity to gin up useless marketing forth (despite having made an actual, significant contribution to cloud computing with the Joyent announcement), it also launched CloudEdge servers that will transform your data center into a cloud paradise by virtue of…wait, no, they're just Intel/RHEL/PowerEdge servers with a new badge. Oh well, points given, points taken away.