Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) on AWS
Managed Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux desktop experiences
Today's workforce is working seasonally, remotely, and moving from one contract to the next. They're working across borders, time zones, and organizations. However, traditional desktop solutions such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can't scale to a dynamic workforce. VDI requires complicated capacity planning, upfront capital expenditures for hardware and licensing, and months, if not years, to build out infrastructure.
Instead of building and operating your own infrastructure, you can simply deploy desktops on demand with Amazon WorkSpaces, a DaaS solution on AWS. With DaaS, you manage your images and users, while the infrastructure is managed for you. A few clicks scales your desktops up, or down, to users across the globe.
Why DaaS on AWS?
A few clicks deploy desktops assigned to each user. You don’t need to operate servers, file shares, network appliances, and third-party solutions. And you can build, patch, and maintain your images with native features.
Each user receives their own desktop with consistent performance across sessions, no matter how many users are logged on at the same time. You no longer manage complicated multi-session environments.
You can deploy thousands of desktops in AWS Regions across the world using Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux bundles optimized for compute, memory, or graphics use cases and scale up and down as your workforce changes.
With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay-as-you-go with no confusing licensing. Pricing starts at $21 per WorkSpace per month, or $7.25/month + $0.17/hour, in most AWS Regions. You can also bring your existing Windows 7 and Windows 10 licenses to maintain license compliance and reduce your cost by $4 per WorkSpace per month.
Use Amazon WorkSpaces for your DaaS deployment
Amazon WorkSpaces is a manged, flexible, and secure DaaS solution on AWS. You can deploy a Windows or Linux WorkSpace in the AWS Region closest to your users and scale to thousands of WorkSpaces across the globe with a few clicks. Each user also receives access to Amazon WorkDocs with 50 GB of personal storage for no additional charge. And, you pay only for what you use without long-term contracts, complex licensing, or termination fees.
ISSI Corp. is a subsidiary of Philippine-based Standard Insurance, providing outsourcing services to US insurance companies.
ISSI migrated from physical desktops to Amazon Workspaces as its primary virtual desktop solution. These virtual desktops are linked to its clients’ insurance systems via a secure connection to US insurance data centers. By adopting Amazon Workspaces, it has reduced desktop maintenance to minutes instead of hours, and now it takes 20 minutes on average to provision a new workspace. As a business process outsourcing company, ISSI Corp. has simplified its IT needs by using Amazon Workspaces in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), essentially lowering its CAPEX requirements by 25 percent in a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Running Amazon Workspaces has also given ISSI Corp. an added benefit: it meets Business Continuity Program-readiness as its workforce can easily log into their Amazon Workspaces and serve customers from their other offices.
Demo Amazon WorkSpaces using the free tier
Try two Standard Bundle WorkSpaces for 40 hours of combined use a month, over two months as part of the free tier. It only takes three steps. Once you've tried a WorkSpace, it's easy to start your proof-of-concept. There's no upfront cost or commitment.
Free tier offers are short term trial offers that start from the time of first usage begins. Once the trial period expires you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details).
Start your proof of concept
Once you've tried a WorkSpace, try Amazon WorkSpaces with your team. There's no upfront cost or commitment. Simply choose a configuration bundle for your team, connect your VPC, and use your existing Active Directory to manage your WorkSpaces and user credentials.
Pricing starts at $21 per WorkSpace per month, or $7.25/month + $0.17/hour, in most AWS Regions. You can use the Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer to convert each WorkSpace to the most cost-effictive billing option.
Additional content for your deployment
As you're working through your Amazon WorkSpaces deployment, refernce our documentation, blog posts, recorded sessions, and webinars for tips, tricks, and best practices.