In addition to announcing its new Amazon AppStream Service cloud streaming service for developers to use when creating games or applications. Amazon has also announced the launch of its own virtual cloud desktop service in the form of Amazon Workspaces.
Amazon Workspaces provides users with a virtual desktop PC running Windows 7 from just $35 a month. For this you get Windows 7, Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, the Java Runtime Environment together with other applications all powered by one virtual processor.
“With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay only for the WorkSpaces you launch. There is no up-front commitment and you can delete WorkSpaces at any time. WorkSpaces are billed on a monthly basis.”
Other features of the new Amazon Workspaces include 50GB of cloud storage, and 3.75GB of RAM per instance. if you are looking for slightly more performance and storage there is also a $60 a month package offering two virtual processors and 7.5GB of RAM with 100GB of cloud storage. Amazon explains more about the Windows 7 licensing :
“Amazon WorkSpaces is not based on Windows VDA [Virtual Desktop Access]. Amazon WorkSpaces provides the Windows 7 experience to end-users, delivered by Windows Server 2008 R2. All appropriate Microsoft licensing fees are paid by Amazon Web Services to Microsoft under the SPLA [Services Provider License Agreement] license program, and customers are not required to pay any additional license fee for each WorkSpace they provision.
No CAL [Client Access License] is included for WorkSpaces in our total cost of ownership analysis, as customers are not required to purchase any CALs to use the WorkSpaces service; they pay only the published monthly charge for each WorkSpace. In an on-premises environment, customers would be required to purchase a CAL.”
uFor more information on the new Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop service jump over to the AWS Workspaces website for details.