You have a variety of options for using new and existing Microsoft software licenses on the AWS Cloud. Whether you want to purchase new Microsoft licenses, or utilize existing ones, you can rely on AWS to run your Microsoft software. Using license included instances allows you access to fully compliant Microsoft software licenses bundled with Amazon EC2 or Amazon RDS instances and pay for them as you go with no upfront costs or long-term investments. Learn more ». This makes it possible to bring Microsoft software licenses that do not have Software Assurance or License Mobility benefits as long as the licenses are purchased prior to October 1, or added as a true-up under an active Enterprise Enrollment that was effective prior to October 1, For more information on bringing licenses without Software Assurance or License Mobility benefits, please visit this section of the FAQ. Both Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS offer a variety of instance types and sizes , allowing you to select the optimal configuration for your target workload. They also include two Microsoft Remote Desktop Services licenses for administrative purposes.
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Differences between Dedicated Hosts and Dedicated Instances
Dedicated Hosts support different configurations physical cores, sockets and VCPUs which allow you to select and run instances of different families and sizes depending on your business need. A: Dedicated Hosts have pre-installed virtualization software Xen or Nitro Hypervisor whereas bare metal servers do not have pre-installed virtualization software. Bare-metal servers are meant for customers who wish to use their own hypervisor or for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments. This helps you to reduce costs by leveraging your existing investments. Dedicated Hosts also serve as an option when your organization is looking to run certain applications on a single tenant infrastructure to meet any specific corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. Dedicated Hosts is integrated with AWS License Manager to help you track license usage, and automate host management tasks such as host allocation, release, and recovery.
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Dedicated Hosts can help you address compliance requirements and reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses. When you launch instances on a Dedicated Host, the instances run on a physical server that is dedicated for your use. While Dedicated instances also run on dedicated hardware, Dedicated Hosts provide further visibility and control by allowing you to place your instances on a specific, physical server. This enables you to deploy instances using configurations that help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. You have the option to launch instances onto a specific Dedicated Host, or you can let Amazon EC2 place the instances automatically. Controlling instance placement allows you to deploy applications to address licensing, corporate compliance, and regulatory requirements.
Many businesses migrate to the cloud via Amazon EC2 for scalable, redundant, on-demand cloud computing and data storage. With the traditional cloud computing model, many users often share space on the same server that is hosted by a cloud computing service company. Many businesses are hesitant to move to the cloud for fear that a glitch in a firewall or a savvy cyber-criminal could somehow cause the data to leak into the cloud servers of other organizations hosted on the same physical server by the cloud company. The options share similarities in that both provide clients with instances in the cloud that run on dedicated physical hardware. As the end-user has complete control over which physical server they are running their instance on, they can transfer their software licenses held in-house over to the cloud in a similar manner to which licenses are transferred during physical hardware upgrades. Not having to purchase new software licenses coupled with the cost savings of the cloud can lead up to significant savings over time. With an Amazon EC2 Dedicated Host, users are charged per host not by per instance This means that clients are billed regularly for services instead of being billed by instance usage. Nick Underwood has over 15 years of experience supporting IT infrastructures for businesses across a broad range of industries. We have about ish people, all AWS engineers save for a brave few. There are a few things that make us different, but it boils down to this: we hire smart people who love working with others to solve complex problems.