Google Cloud Platform Now Runs Windows Applications in the Cloud

 By: Mark @Spectechular Silver 

Many enterprises today use still run on Windows Server, and Google is tapping into that potential. Last week Martin Buhr a Product Manager at Google posted on Google Cloud Platform Blog that Google added a major enhancement and now enables its customers to move their existing Microsoft server application software licenses, such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange Server, from on-premises to Google Cloud Platform without any additional Microsoft software licensing fees.

Not only does license mobility make the transition easier for existing customers, it provides customers who prefer to purchase perpetual licenses the ability to continue doing so while still taking advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.


Second, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition is now available to all Google Cloud Platform customers in beta on Google Compute Engine. This is important because Google’s customers run some of their key workloads on Windows and want rapid deployment, high performance and the ability to stretch their datacenters to the cloud. And now they can. Google is also working on support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.

And lastly, Google is enabling customers using the Chrome browser to create remote desktop sessions to their Windows instances in Google Compute Engine without the need for additional software.

By opening up Google positions itself well as an option for businesses committed to Microsoft software.

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Mark is the Lead Author & Editor of Spectechular Blog. Mark established the Spectechular blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Product Management.