Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe. You can pay either monthly or hourly, just for the WorkSpaces you launch, which helps you save money when compared to traditional desktops and on-premises VDI solutions.
Amazon WorkSpaces helps you eliminate the complexity in managing hardware inventory, OS versions and patches, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which helps simplify your desktop delivery strategy. With Amazon WorkSpaces, your users get a fast, responsive desktop of their choice that they can access anywhere, anytime, from any supported device.
Why move to Amazon Workspaces?
With an estimated 50% of businesses still running Windows 7, migrating those millions of desktops and laptops to Windows 10 remains a top priority for businesses globally.
The impetus, of course, is the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 coming up in January 2020, which may make Windows 7 PCs more vulnerable to malware, ransomware, and other types of security issues unless specific action is taken.
As we talk to customers about their Windows 10 migration journey, we consistently hear about a few challenges. First, customers tell us that like previous Windows upgrades, Windows 10.
Customizing the Amazon Linux WorkSpace
When you’re creating a custom bundle for your Amazon WorkSpaces deployment, you might choose to include desktop experience settings as part of your customization.
With an Amazon Windows WorkSpace, this is achieved using user profiles and Active Directory Group Policies. Can Amazon Linux admins join the manage-user-experience party? Absolutely.
Amazon Linux WorkSpaces use the MATE Desktop Environment. The MATE framework can be configured to help you create a consistent user experience as part of your Amazon Linux WorkSpace bundle. It allows granular control over configuration changes and locking desktop settings.
Amazon WorkSpaces helps you eliminate many administrative tasks associated with managing your desktop lifecycle including provisioning, deploying, maintaining, and recycling desktops.
There is less hardware inventory to manage and no need for complex virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments that don’t scale.
Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates the need to over-buy desktop and laptop resources by providing on-demand access to cloud desktops that include a range of compute, memory, and storage resources to meet your users' performance needs.
Keep Data Secure
Amazon WorkSpaces is deployed within an Amazon Virtual Private Network (VPC), provide each user with access to persistent, encrypted storage volumes in the AWS Cloud, and integrate with AWS Key Management Service (KMS).
No user data is stored on the local device. This helps improve the security of user data and reduces your overall risk surface area.
Manage and Scale
Amazon WorkSpaces is available in 13 AWS Regions and provides access to high performance cloud desktops wherever your teams get work done.
You can manage a global deployment of many thousands of WorkSpaces from the AWS console. And you can rapidly provision and de-provision desktops as the needs of your workforce change.