Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) on AWS

Managed Windows 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. 

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5 years

of production customer workloads

10s of thousands

of active customers

100s of thousands

of managed desktops

3 steps

to deploy your first desktop

Why DaaS on AWS?

Managed infrastructure

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.

Consistent performance

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.

Flexible deployments

You can deploy thousands of desktops in AWS Regions across the world using Windows and Linux bundles optimized for compute, memory, or graphics use cases and scale up and down as your workforce changes. 

Simple pricing

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. 

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.

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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.  

Getting started guide

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Additional content for your deployment

As you're working through your Amazon WorkSpaces deployment, reference our documentation, blog posts, recorded sessions, and webinars for tips, tricks, and best practices. 

  • Documentation

    Networking, Access, and Security

    Dive into networking and security 

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    Learn how to use supported directories

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    Review administrative capabilities

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    Breakout session

    How to Replace Your Legacy VDI

    Learn why more customers than ever are moving to Amazon WorkSpaces

    Breakout session

    How to Move to Amazon WorkSpaces and Replace Your Legacy VDI
    Breakout session

    Self-Service and Admin and User Portals

    Learn how to use Amazon WorkSpaces APIs to automate common IT tasks

    Customer reference

    User Self-Service and Admin Portals for Amazon WorkSpaces
    Online Teck Talks

    End User Computing Tech Talks

    Join live online presentations covering a broad range of topics at varying levels

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    Automate Amazon WorkSpaces with a Self-Service Portal

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    Build an Amazon Lex Chatbot to Manage Amazon WorkSpaces

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    Use CloudWatch Events with WorkSpaces and Lambda

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Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) on AWS

Free Tier – FREE TRIAL

Demo Amazon WorkSpaces

40 Hours combined use a month for 2 Amazon WorkSpaces [Standard Bundle]

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).