Windows Server in the cloud: Can you, should you, and with which provider?


The cloud revolution began in the Linux and Unix world, and for a long time the cloud wasn’t a welcoming environment for workloads that run on Windows Server.

Even today, not all cloud platforms are set up to handle the breadth of what can run on Windows Server. So what is the best public cloud service host for Windows Server? Should you choose Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure or possibly another provider? Should you even run Windows Server in the cloud?

To help you answer those questions, I will take a look at the pros and cons of running Windows Server on each of these services, assess the rough costs for each choice, and suggest why you might want to choose one over the other — and why you might want to avoid some of them.

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