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Amazon Web Services pounces on Windows Server 2008

This week: Amazon adds the 2008 versions of Windows Server and SQL Server to EC2; Savvis and Cisco orchestrate a Symphony.

Cloud computing roundup, December 7-11

Amazon EC2, with special guest star Windows Server 2008
As of last week, the latest versions of key Windows products offered on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) were Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005. The service, however, has answered countless demands and announced the availability of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in all three AWS Regions.

Savvis and Cisco join in a Symphony
Savvis Symphony, the new private cloud platform from the infrastructure outsourcing company, will integrate Cisco's Unified Computing System as the cornerstone of what the company is calling the "industry's first enterprise-class Virtual Private Data Center."

Quantify the cloud with Amazon's help
Amazon has launched an Economic Center designed provide users with methods for cloud computing cost comparison. Users can compare the costs of Amazon's cloud products to traditional IT infrastructures, despite the fact that the results might not always work out in the company's favor.

Microsoft re-orgs with cloud on its mind
The merger of Microsoft's Windows Azure group with its Windows Server & Solutions group has created a new organization known as the Server & Cloud Division, a sign of Microsoft's growing commitment to both Azure and the cloud computing model as a whole.

Fujitsu thinks slow and steady wins the race
Following the launch of cloud services in Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africa several months ago, Fujitsu announced that the company is planning a Q1 launch of its cloud computing services in North America.

Novell wants to manage your workload
In an attempt to cash in on the burgeoning "assist in the transition to scary new technologies" market, Novell has announced its new multiple environment-spanning preparation system for computing resources, dubbed Intelligent Workload Management.

Amazon feels the wrath of winter
Amazon's Virginia data center suffered its second major outage of 2009 due to a winter storm, but analysts seemed to agree that the company handled this particular cloud outage like pros.

Memcached comes to AWS
Gear6, an open source caching startup, is offering the first memcached distribution server available through Amazon Web Services.

IT consultant says prepare for cloud shift
Thomas Young, a partner and managing director at IT contract broker TPI, says that enterprises would be wise to prepare their businesses for a move to the more elastic cost structure of cloud.

Cloud's the new hotspot for healthcare data
Two separate healthcare entities on different coasts of the United States have undertaken efforts to store healthcare data in the cloud.

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