Amazon has launched a new cloud service program called, Amazon Work, providing Windows Virtual Desktops to Windows or Mac computers, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. The program is in limited beta so it is not ready for just anyone to use. Who knows how well this will catch on seeing as there is already much hesitation to cloud services due to debated security concerns.
Amazon Workspaces run on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud virtual machines and deliver a Windows 7-like desktop with “Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, 7-Zip, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and other utilities,” Amazon said. The higher-priced bundles include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro security.
Each user gets 50GB to 100GB of cloud storage (which is mapped to the D: drive), one or two virtual CPUs, and 3.75GB or 7.5GB of memory. Amazon delivers the desktops using the PCoIP remote display protocol, which is also used by VMware’s virtual desktop platform. Amazon Workspaces’ total prices range from $35 to $75 per user per month.
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