Retire Your Data Center: Table 1: Compare Windows Azure October 2008 CTP and Amazon EC2 with Windows Server Beta

On Sept. 30, 2008, Amazon.com Inc. announced the availability of a public beta version of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with Windows Server 2003. The default Amazon Machine Image (AMI) creates a 32-bit small instance with IIS, .NET 2.0 SP1, 3.0 SP1, and 3.5 (not SP1), and SQL Server Express 2005. The Azure Services Platform October 2008 community technology preview provides services similar to Amazon EC2 with Windows Server (beta) plus SimpleDB (beta), Simple Storage Services (S3), Simple Queue Services (SQS), and Elastic Block Store. This table compares the Azure CTP instance and Amazon EC2 beta default instances.

Feature Windows Azure (October CTP Instance) Amazon EC2 Beta (Default Instance)
Host OS Windows Server 2008 Core, 64-bit Linux Xen kernel (AKI)
Guest OS Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, 64-bit Windows Server 2003 R2, 32-bit
Hypervisor Hyper-V Xen
CPU 1.5 - 1.7 GHz x64 equivalent 1.7GHz
Memory 1.7GB 1.75GB
Network 100Mbps 250Mbps
Transient storage 250GB 160GB
Persistent storage 50GB Azure storage (maximum for CTP) Elastic Block Store (up to 1TB)
Authentication/Authorization NET Access Control: LiveID, username/ password, X.509 certs, Information Card Windows with Authentication Services (surcharge)
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