Amazon Web Services has launched a fully managed Cloud desktop computing service in the Sydney region.
Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to provision cloud-based desktops that allow users to access the documents, applications, and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android tablets.
The AWS Management Console allows users can provision a high-quality desktop experience for their users at a low comparable cost to most traditional Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
Reckon Limited (RKN), an ASX-listed accounting software firm, has been working with AWS on a number of projects.
Reckon Limited chief information officer, Zack Levy, said the company needed a desktop solution to help streamline and enhance the deployment and ongoing performance of its APS cloud offering designed for accounting firms.
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"This product brings the sophistication of a desktop environment to the cloud for a seamless online experience that gives our clients more flexible access, as well as a superior experience at a lower cost," he said. "We've been extremely pleased with the results of our trial of Amazon WorkSpaces and we can see how the product fits into the core of our APS cloud offering to ensure we continue to provide our clients with a flexible, robust, and scalable solution."
AWS managing director, A/NZ, Ed Lenta, said the company set out to build and deliver a high-quality desktop experience in the cloud at a more affordable price than traditional VDI solutions and without the complexity of setting up and maintaining the necessary backend infrastructure.
"Since the announcement of the limited preview of Amazon WorkSpaces in November 2013, AWS has seen strong customer uptake as well as interest from customers for availability in additional AWS Regions," he said.
"Today, the tens of thousands of A/NZ organisations currently using the AWS Sydney Region can access Amazon WorkSpaces to drive desktop ease-of-management, increased flexibility, and lower costs compared to a traditional solution across their employee base."
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According to a company statement, by migrating enterprise desktops to the cloud, Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates both the up-front investment and the ongoing management of infrastructure while still offering all the security and efficiency of a centralized model.
For a monthly fee, Amazon WorkSpaces provides a cloud-based desktop computing service including compute, persistent storage, and software applications.