Desktop and Application Streaming

AWS announces Availability of Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the Europe (London) Region

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is now generally available in the AWS Europe (London) Region.

AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, non-persistent desktop and application virtualization service that runs on AWS. AppStream 2.0 helps you securely stream applications and data online across the globe without acquiring, provisioning, and operating infrastructure. You can scale your desktops and applications on demand and your users can access corporate resources anywhere, anytime, from any supported device. AppStream 2.0 offers pay-as-you-go pricing that allows you to pay for the streaming resources that you use in addition to a small monthly fee per streaming user. There are no upfront investments and no long-term commitments while using this service.

With availability of the service in London, customers can provision AppStream 2.0 closer to their users and data, providing faster application runtime. AppStream 2.0 is built on a global network of AWS Regions and Availability Zones. This allows you to access your applications from anywhere. For a list of Regions where Amazon AppStream 2.0 is available, see the AWS Region Table.

The University of East London (UEL) and Keele University have both recently tested AppStream 2.0 in London, to deliver applications to staff and students quickly and securely.

University of East London

The University of East London (UEL) is dedicated to helping support students to develop their skills, emotional intelligence and creativity. Historically, UEL has used an on-premises remote app system and VPN to grant users access to their central student application system. They adopted Amazon AppStream 2.0 to rapidly expand their capabilities in order to better support their streaming requirements.

“Having tested the AppStream 2.0 beta in London, we are able to simplify the user experience and reduce latency. Our students can seamlessly access a wide range of remote learning applications from almost any device. Early indications are that we are able to deliver a 7x performance improvement. This has significantly reduced latency in running reports against our student record system – SITS. AppStream 2.0 provides greater security, agility and the ability to quickly scale instances up or down to meet the changing needs of the business.”

Steve Head, Deputy Director of IT Service at The University of East London (UEL)

Keele University

Keele University is based in Staffordshire, UK and is known for its breadth of teaching and research. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020, Keele University started using AWS to host their applications and web services, including using Amazon AppStream 2.0 to allow secure access to applications online.

“The launch of Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the London Region will be a big win for us. Several of our complex research applications are hosted on AppStream 2.0. We successfully tested our student record system, hosted on AppStream 2.0 and experienced a 9x improvement in latency. With AppStream 2.0, we can provision applications remotely to our users off-campus, so that they don’t need to go through VPN or come onto campus physically. We are able to make applications and resources available to them online, with no downloads or installs required.”

Alex Goffe, Head of Operations & Infrastructure, Keele University

Get started

We hope the availability of Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the London Region and AWS’s continued innovation will help you provide the right solution for your users. We are here to help if you need more information – here are a few ways to learn more.

Learn more about Amazon AppStream 2.0.

Getting started with Amazon AppStream 2.0.

AWS IQ – get on-demand help from AWS Certified third-party experts.

AWS Global Infrastructure Page – AWS Regional Services