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Windows on AWS

Migrate, Modernize, and Manage Microsoft Workloads

EC2 for Windows

Unlock the freedom of running Microsoft workloads in the cloud

Windows workloads are the foundation for many organizations today, and an increasing number are taking advantage of cloud vs. on-prem for cost savings and operational efficiencies.

Organizations wanting to optimize costs and overcome the constraint of running on-premises Microsoft workloads are increasingly taking a “cloud-first” approach to achieve:

Reduced costs

Moving from legacy on-premises infrastructure and fixed licensing fees to a pay-as-you-go IT model is up to 40x more cost-effective than running infrastructure in-house1.


Faster innovation

The cloud gives organizations immediate access to a range of technologies that support innovation and new application development.


Enhanced security

By gaining control of data and applications, organizations can better protect themselves from data breaches using a secure cloud environment.


Greater flexibility

A cloud-based system allows you to scale workloads by adding computer, storage, or database resources on short notice.

Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server

What is Amazon EC2?

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is secure and resizable compute capacity that can help match the needs of your workload.

In a nutshell: It’s access to reliable, scalable infrastructure on demand.

What is Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server?

Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server (2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2, 2016, 2019 and 2022) is a secure, reliable, and high-performance environment for deploying Windows-based applications and workloads. You can provision instances quickly, and scale up or scale down as you need it, while only paying for what you use.


higher performance for a SQL Server workload than the next largest cloud provider*


more regions with multiple availability zones than the next largest cloud provider


more services offering encryption than the next largest cloud provider


savings using AWS over three years, by right-sizing instances

* When directly testing an R5b.8xlarge instance, according to a 2021 Principled Technologies report

Curious to learn more about migrating Windows Server workloads to AWS?

Ask and you shall receive! Our cloud experts will provide a TCO analysis, as well as make best practice recommendations for your specific environment and use cases.

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Why AWS for Microsoft Workloads?

AWS offers the best cloud service for running Windows-based applications today. For over 15 years, AWS has been delivering cloud services to millions of customers around the world running a wide variety of use cases. AWS has the most operational experience, at greater scale, of any cloud provider.

When making the choice to move Microsoft workloads from legacy on-premises environments to AWS, the drivers for doing so vary from organization to organization.
Whether the reason is to lower the cost of infrastructure, increase security, achieve greater reliability and faster performance, improve IT agility and operational efficiency, or another benefit of cloud computing, thousands of organizations have been able to recognize the business value that results from migrating Windows workloads to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud:


Reduced TCO and increased business value

AWS lowers the overall costs of running Windows-based applications in the cloud with its comprehensive family of Amazon EC2 instances and unique pricing models.

Customers can also reduce the five-year cost of operations by 56%2, and deliver up to 442% ROI over three years3 – freeing up customers to reinvest and accelerate modernization.

Broader and deeper functionality

AWS has significantly more services, and more features within those services, than any other cloud provider.

With over 350 Amazon EC2 instances available, organizations can enjoy more choice and access smarter data and analytics capabilities.


Greater reliability and performance

With the most extensive global cloud infrastructure, AWS has 80 Availability Zones within 25 geographic regions around the world and has announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones.

By moving their Windows workloads to AWS, a recent study discovered organizations can realize a 98% reduction in unplanned downtime, 71% faster deployment, and 26% higher developer productivity.

Enhanced security capabilities

AWS offers 230 security, compliance, and governance services and features. AWS supports 90 security standards and compliance certifications, so customers gain better protection and control over their data.


Greater licensing flexibility

With its flexible bring-your-own-license-to-AWS options, customers can enjoy more flexibility, control, and visibility of their license usage and costs.


Simpler and more secure migration

AWS has unmatched experience, maturity, reliability, security, and performance that you can depend upon for your most important applications. AWS takes the complexity and risk out of migrating so that customers can continue to focus on improving their business and remaining competitive.

Mindex AWS EC2 Windows Server Badge 

As an AWS Advanced Tier Services Partner, AWS has validated Mindex’s technical skills and customer experience helping organizations like yours on their windows migration and modernization pathways.


Mindex is a trusted AWS Services Partner for migrating, modernizing, and managing Windows workloads

Our goal is to help you feel confident you’re making informed decisions, while providing the tools, support and resources you need during any part of your cloud journey.

Partner with Mindex to migrate, modernize, and manage mission-critical, enterprise Windows applications to the cloud you can escape your centralized, legacy infrastructure, and experience the benefits of a more secure and flexible approach to managing Microsoft workloads.

Learn more about our process to ensure your success:

Cloud Readiness Assessment

The first step, which is part of our straightforward migration program called Closet to Cloud, is where Mindex can help you assess your readiness to move to the cloud. Through an initial discovery session, our team of cloud engineers can help advise you on data-driven migration decisions based on actual resource utilization, third-party licensing, and application dependencies.

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Migrate with Mindex

Customers looking to migrate Windows Server workloads can engage Mindex to provide services, best practices, and tools to help save costs and accelerate their migrations on AWS.

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Optimize Windows Workloads After You Migrate

After moving your Windows workloads onto AWS, we don’t leave you hanging. Dedicated Mindex cloud engineers will help you understand and manage your AWS costs and usage over time to take control of spend, and make recommendations for your workloads by analyzing historical utilization data.

Mindex Cloud Services can also help operate your cloud environment post-migration by analyzing alerts and responding to incidents, minimizing Microsoft license dependency, and reducing operational overhead and risk.

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Modernize Your Workloads After You Optimize Your Environment

Mindex can help your organization take an important step toward becoming more agile and able to adopt emerging technologies by modernizing your Microsoft workloads and Windows-based applications using the latest AWS products and resources. You will be able to innovate faster, increase your development and operational agility, scale on-demand, and reduce total cost of ownership by optimizing your existing licenses.



You don’t have to be a cloud guru.

Mindex can manage your new cloud environment!

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Running Microsoft Workloads with Mindex on AWS

This eBook discusses different migration strategies, modernization pathways, and why now is a great time to migrate your legacy SQL Server workloads to AWS.

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Running Microsoft Workloads with Mindex

1 How Many Companies Use Cloud Computing in 2020?, TechJury

2 The Business Value of Efficiently Running High-Performing Windows Workloads in the AWS Cloud, IDC, 2019

3 Navigate Disruption and Drive Positive Business Outcomes with Cloud Migration, IDC, 2020