Amazon WorkSpaces product gives Enterprise IT the power to meet this challenge head-on. You can now have a provision of  desktop computing experience in the cloud for your users. Your users can access the applications, documents, and intranet resources that they need to get their job done, all from the comfort of their desktop computer, laptop, iPad, or Android tablet.

WorkSpaces Feature Set

Amazon WorkSpaces provides, as I have already mentioned, a desktop computing experience in the cloud. It is easy to provision and maintain, and can be accessed from a wide variety of client devices.

Each WorkSpaces user can install the client application on the device of their choice. After a quick download, they have access to a complete Windows 7 experience in the cloud, with persistent storage, bundled utilities and productivity applications, and access to files and other resources on the corporate intranet.

The IT professional chooses to supply each user with a given WorkSpaces Bundle. There are four standard bundles. Here are the hardware specifications for each one:

  • Standard – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage.
  • Standard Plus – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage.
  • Performance – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage.
  • Performance Plus – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage.

All of the bundles include Adobe ReaderAdobe FlashFirefoxInternet Explorer 97-Zip, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and other utilities. The Standard and Performance Plus bundles also include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services. The bundles can be augmented and customized by the IT professional in order to meet the needs of specific users.

Each user has access to between 50 and 100 GB of persistent AWS storage from their WorkSpace (the precise amount depends on the bundle that was chosen for the user). The persistent storage is backed up to Amazon S3 on a regular basis, where it is stored with 99.99999999% durability and 99.99% availability over the course of a year.

Pricing is on a per-user, per-month basis, as follows:

  • Standard – $35 / user / month.
  • Standard Plus – $50 / user / month.
  • Performance – $60 / month.
  • Performance Plus – $75 / user / month.

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