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Hi
I have been told to look at amazon storage

I run a windows 2008 server and SQL server DB
Its a web app

I need a publicly facing IP, and also a the ability to remote desktop
I currently have a VPS in a london data centre

having emailed amazon a few times with no response i'm hoping someone can shed some light on why i should be using them?

thanks
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by:Zephyr ICT
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To keep it simple, you should calculate the cost of self-hosting your web app vs hosting it with amazon.

What would it cost you?
- A good ISP contract including a fixed IP and a decent SLA
- Hardware to run your web app on (and possible other systems if you choose to run virtual)
- Electricty bill to run everything
- Maybe a service contract with a company to keep your servers humming along (if not a service company you need to calculate your own time for this)
- Software licenses (e.g: Windows Server)

Then compare it with the price of the amazon VPS, storage, and whatnot ...
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by:websss
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Thanks

My main concern is how I deploy builds and database updates
We also have 2 exe's running on the the server
this isn't a great issue, as we currently host 1 server as a dedicated DB server with the EXE's (TCP listerner that imports the Data to the DB) and the web app is hosted on another server

Do I get remote desktop to a windows server with amazon? or does it not work like this
Can i use SQL management studio to do my backups and update scripts etc?

thanks
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Hi,

Yes, you can use RDP to connect to your Windows Server on Amazon (source)

So you can use your VPC or EC2 instance as any other Server, it's just not running on your infrastructure. You can therefor install and use SQL management studio to do backups, no problem. You could put the backups on the S3 storage of Amazon or take regular snapshots of your EBS devices (system and data EBS volumes, for example if you have an extra voume mounted on your server to put the backups of SQL on it) ...
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by:websss
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Ok thanks
Making a bit more sense now

So i can have a windows 2008 server, that i can remote desktop onto and it will run web app and 2 exe's
then i can have the DB on some other amazon service which the server talks too?

Or i can have the windows server hosting SQL server and i just access it via remote desktop?
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You sure can, check this out for more info: http://aws.amazon.com/windows/
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