Announcing Amazon WorkSpaces Pools, a new feature of Amazon WorkSpaces

Posted on: Jun 27, 2024

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces a new feature of Amazon WorkSpaces, called Amazon WorkSpaces Pools, that helps customers save costs by sharing a pool of virtual desktops across a group of users who get a fresh desktop every time they log in. This new feature provides customers the flexibility and choice to support a wide range of use cases, including training labs, contact centers, and other shared-environments. Some user settings like bookmarks and files stored in a central storage repository like Amazon S3 or Amazon FSx can be saved for improved personalization.

WorkSpaces Pools also simplifies management across a customer’s WorkSpaces environment by providing a single console and set of clients to manage the various desktop hardware configurations, storage, and applications for the user, including the ability to manage their existing Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. Customers use AWS Application AutoScaling to automatically scale a pool of virtual desktops based on real-time usage metrics or predefined schedules. WorkSpaces Pools offers pay-as-you-go hourly pricing, providing significant savings.

With the launch of WorkSpaces Pools, customers now have the option to choose between WorkSpaces Personal, and WorkSpaces Pools. Customer can even opt for a blend of both, with the ease of managing from a single AWS Management Console. WorkSpaces Pools is now available with the usual WorkSpaces bundles including Value, Standard, Performance, Power, and PowerPro. For Region availability details, see AWS Regions and Availability Zones for WorkSpaces Pools. Learn more here.