I am happy to share that HP Cloud Compute now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008 instances in addition to the variety of Linux distributions that are already available. Windows Server instances can now be launched in our US-West region. Since HP Cloud Compute is in public beta, all customers receive a 50% discount (see pricing below).
It is a priority for us to provide the tools that enable developers to quickly build, test, deploy and scale their applications in the cloud. That is why we created our CLI for Windows so that developers working in a Windows Server environment can quickly launch and manage their instances using the command line.
The three Windows Server images available are the Enterprise Editions of Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 SP2 (64 bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit). All Windows Server instances are created with a randomly generated password, which is then encrypted. You can create and manage your Windows Server instances from our console, UNIX CLI and Windows CLI. For information about how to access your Windows Server instances using Remote Desktop (RDP), please review our documentation here.
The licenses for a Windows Server instance are included in the hourly rate for your instance, so you can spin up a server and get started without needing to worry about any additional licensing concerns. Please see the table below for details about the hourly fees for both standard HP Cloud Compute Linux Instances and HP Cloud Compute Windows Server Instances. While HP Cloud Compute continues in public beta, all customers receive a 50% discount off the prices listed below.
| HP Cloud Compute Instance Types || |
| Extra Small (1GB RAM, 1 core, 30GB disk) || $0.04 || $0.06 |
| Small (2GB RAM, 2 cores, 60GB disk) || $0.08 || $0.12 |
| Medium (4GB RAM, 2 cores, 120GB disk) || $0.16 || $0.24 |
| Large (8GB RAM, 4 cores, 240GB disk) || $0.32 || $0.48 |
| Extra Large (16GB RAM, 4 cores, 480GB disk) || $0.64 || $0.96 |
| Double Extra Large (32GB RAM, 8 cores, 960GB disk) || $1.28 || $1.92 |
Our team has been working hard to ensure that we are able to support all of your public cloud needs and appreciate all those that participated in our private and public betas. We are very excited about the launch of Windows Server instances. Stay tuned as we plan to launch support for additional versions of Windows Server including Windows Server 2012 in the coming months. As always, feel free to leave a comment, connect with us on chat or email or find us on twitter (@hpcloud) if you have any questions.