Amazon Web Services adds PowerShell support


Amazon Web Services has added support for PowerShell in the form of 550 cmdlets that allows administrators to access various options for managing Amazon's cloud service. A cmdlet is a lightweight command that is invoked by the PowerShell runtime, which allows complex tasks to be quickly dispatched via a command line interface. Cmdlets can also be scripted, which lends itself well to automation, or managing large numbers of servers.

According to Computerworld, Tools for Windows PowerShell manages a total of 20 Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) services, ranging from the Simple Storage Service (S3), Relational Database Service, Virtual Private Cloud and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) itself. The same report noted that enterprises can also buy Windows Server-compatible apps on the AWS Marketplace.

AWS has long been eyeing the Windows environment and has added Windows Server to its free usage tier to bolster its support for the platform earlier this year.  The inclusion of the PowerShell cmdlets will help ease integration with businesses that operate predominantly on Windows, and is a good addition.

For now though, the overall share of Windows-based servers at the moment is still relatively small compared to the number of Linux servers that are deployed on Amazon's cloud.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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