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Windows in the cloud: long boot times, other difficulties not seen with Linux

Aug 18, 2010, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Brodkin)

"Running Windows servers in the Amazon cloud may have just gotten a lot easier, but a project by the management vendor RightScale to improve Windows support shows that people who use the Microsoft operating system in cloud networks face difficulties not seen in the Linux world.

"Moving servers and applications to the cloud certainly reduces internal hardware costs, but it doesn't save IT professionals from the work of managing, updating and patching the virtual servers that run in the cloud. That's why a company like RightScale exists - to simplify the grunt work faced by customers of the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, with software-as-a-service that builds and clones virtual servers, performs load balancing, storage backups, and various other automation, reporting and monitoring tasks.

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"RightScale may be an expert in managing cloud-based virtual servers, but the work it does is still time-consuming and tricky. And it turns out that managing Windows instances is more complex than managing Linux ones."

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