Posted On: Apr 5, 2024

Today we’re excited to announce the release of Research and Engineering Studio (RES) on AWS Version 2024.04. This latest release brings new customization options for RES virtual desktops along with new options for shared storage and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) streaming.

RES on AWS Version 2024.04 gives users the ability to launch VDIs with custom Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). Pre-baking dependencies into a custom AMI not only reduces VDI instance boot times, but also allows customers to now launch RES VDIs in isolated private subnets without needing access to the public internet. Customers can further customize their VDIs by specifying custom launch parameters such as instance profiles, security groups, and launch scripts.

The launch also includes improvements such as added support for Amazon FSx for Lustre to provide RES users another option for shared storage, Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) protocol for improved streaming in higher latency environments, and the ability to add custom Permissions Boundaries to all AWS IAM roles created by RES. 2024.04 also extends RES support to the Israel (Tel Aviv) region.

RES 2024.04 is available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), Europe (Paris), Europe (Milan), Israel (Tel Aviv) and the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Regions. 

Check out the release notes on Github to get started and deploy RES 2024.04 today.