Amazon WorkSpaces is now available to the ?public. The company?s cloud desktop service provider was introduced at the AWS re: Invent conference last fall. Amazon has been testing it in limited preview on selected consumers, including WorkWise and Peet?s Coffee & Tea. Today, all AWS customers can sign up in WorkSpaces for their PC, MAC, as well as the mobile versions for Kindle Fire HDX, iPad and Android tablets.
Corporate Computing Environment
WorkSpaces is a competitor of Vmware, designed to provide a corporate computing environment. It allows I.T admins to configure cloud desktops for the end users to gain access to internal company resources from their chosen device. This could either be a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. The AWS also provides the OS and infrastructure for its customers, which includes setting up the underlying network and managing it, storage, VMs, user authentication and Active Directory integration.
How it Works
Customers are required to have an AWS account, an Internet access and a supported client device. You must download and install the client on your chosen device to receive the Windows 7 cloud ? based computing environment, various bundled utilities, offering persistent storage, the needed productivity apps and access to files and other resources needed on the corporate intranet of the company.
WorkSpaces integrates with the Active Directory, as well, which you can use for WorkSpace management and user authentication. Others can also choose to have their own WorkSpaces ? managed directory, instead.
When it comes to pricing, Amazon?s WorkSpaces has an edge. When Amazon WorkSpaces senior vice president Andy Jassy introduced the new cloud desktop service last year, he noted that it will be offered half the price of VDI solutions. The computing environment ranges from $35 per month up to $75 per month. The higher end will have additional pre ? installed software, such as Trend Micro Antivirus, Microsoft Office and more.
WorkSpaces does not require upfront investment. Amazon only offers pay ? as ? you ? go pricing, which gives customers the option to pay for the number of desktops they have. The company also announced the WorkSpaces Sync, a software client application for MAC and PC that automatically, continuously, and securely backs up all of the user?s documents that were created and edited in WorkSpaces.