An important part of our mission as Web Services Evangelists is to encourage our developer community to innovate. We invite them to surprise us with new and interesting ways to consume our services, to show us the Power of Innovation !
One such innovation is running Windows Server 2003 on an Amazon EC2 instance. The power of Windows combined with the elasticity of Amazon EC2 - Just like Hershey's Kisses (Attractive on the Outside, Nourishing in the Inside).
The tech pundits at Enomaly have put 2 & 2 together by leveraging their experience with Amazon EC2 and successfully installed Windows Server 2003 on an Amazon EC2 instance using QEMU. QEMU is an open source processor emulator allowing a user to simulate a complete computer system within another one. This screenshot shows that they were able to connect to Amazon EC2 instance via remote desktop connection. Pretty Cool!
They have also put together a small how-to article for others. It will be very interesting to see some real benchmarking on how this emulation layer affects performance.
What is ElasticLive? ElasticLive is a value-added service on top of Amazon EC2. Power of Amazon EC2 combined with their expertise and professional support. Pre-installed, pre-configured, automatically-updating applications on the top of web-scale platform at your disposal. What else do you need?