Microsoft and Windows on Google Cloud

A first-class experience for Windows workloads. Self-manage workloads or leverage managed services. Use license-included images or bring your own. Migrate, optimize, and modernize for agility and scalability.

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Benefits

Simplify your modernization journey from Windows

Start with migration

Migrate to increase IT agility and reduce on-premises footprint. Tools like Migrate for Compute and Migrate for Anthos can help migrate and upgrade.

Optimize license usage to reduce cost

Optimize VM usage. Managed SQL Server and Active Directory reduce total cost of ownership. Move .NET to .NET core. Move SQL Server to Linux.

Modernize to reduce single-vendor dependency

Create an open path to modernization—containerization of Windows server, cloud-native development, and multi-cloud readiness with Anthos. 


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Key features

Drive a strategy for migration, optimization, and modernization

Plan for the future while reducing your Microsoft licensing dependency. Get all you need to migrate, optimize, and modernize your legacy platform.

Bring your own licenses

In addition to on-demand licenses, Google Cloud provides you with flexibility for bringing your existing licenses and running them on Compute Engine. Use Sole-Tenant Nodes to run on dedicated hardware with configurable maintenance policies to support your on-premises licenses while maintaining workload uptime and security through host-level live migration.

License-included VM images

You can deploy your Windows applications (including SQL Server) on our fully tested images with bundled licenses on Compute Engine and take advantage of many benefits available to virtual machine instances such as reliable storage options, the speed of the Google network, and autoscaling.

Fully managed SQL Server and Active Directory

Use an easy-to-manage and compatible relational database service in the cloud to reduce operational overhead. Use a highly available, hardened service to manage authentication and authorization for your AD-dependent workloads, automate AD server maintenance and security configuration, and connect your on-premises AD domain to the cloud.

Windows on Kubernetes

Running your Windows Server containers on GKE can save you on licensing costs, as you can pack many Windows Server containers on each Windows node.


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Customers

Reduce license cost and help increase agility, security, and scalability

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Partners

System integrators help migrate and run Windows applications from on-premises to Google Cloud. Technology partners have validated their product to work on Google Cloud. 

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Documentation

Explore common use cases

The first step on the path to modernization is to migrate your Windows workloads to Google Cloud. To help you with this journey, here are some detailed guides, managed services, and resources.

Google Cloud Basics
Run Windows Server on Google Cloud

Read how you can leverage reliable storage options, Google’s network, and autoscaling when you run Windows applications on Compute Engine.

Tutorial
Run Microsoft SQL Server workloads on Google Cloud

Bring your existing SQL Server licenses and run them on Google Cloud using Compute Engine.

Tutorial
Run Microsoft Windows applications on Google Cloud

Migrate and deploy Windows-server based and .NET applications on Google Cloud.

Tutorial
Qwiklab Quest: Windows on Google Cloud

Get hands-on practice running many of the popular Windows services in Google Cloud.

APIs & Libraries
Use Visual Studio and Powershell

Build and deploy applications to Google Cloud using Visual Studio and Powershell.

Pattern
Virtual Desktops

Enable and accelerate the shift to remote work flexibly and securely.

Whitepaper
Licensing Guide for Microsoft on Google Cloud

Authored by SoftwareOne and intended for professionals who are considering deployment of Microsoft software on Google Cloud.