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AWS: Our virtual desktop will succeed where others have stumbled

Joab Jackson | Nov. 15, 2013
AWS hopes that its new WorkSpace VDI service will appeal to enterprises with low cost and maintenance.

It also includes multi-channel redundancy, for where there are two or more networks available. So if one network offers better throughput than another, "it is smart enough to know which one to use," Wood said.

WorkSpaces can provide advanced (for VDI) features such as video streaming and support for USB devices (except for printing).

Another advantage WorkSpaces can offer is a competitive price. During the opening keynote of the Amazon Re:Invent conference, being held this week in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy, Amazon senior vice president who heads up Amazon Web Services, noted that WorkSpaces costs about half of the typical in-house implementation.

The service, which is now offered in a limited preview, can be paid for on a month-by-month basis. A WorkSpaces desktop with one virtual CPU and 50GB of storage space will cost US$35 a month, and the "performance" desktop with 2 virtual CPUs and 100GB of storage will cost $60 per month.

Because AWS is handling details such as hardware maintenance and configuration, enterprises don't have to devote administrators and engineers to these tasks, potentially offering greater savings, Wood said.



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