Amazon AppStream 2.0 allows organizations to publish individual applications that are then streamed to end users on any device using an HTML5 browser, providing those applications as SaaS (Software as a Service).
AppStream 2.0 is well-suited as cloud alternative to many on-premises use cases that implemented Citrix XenApp (CVAD) or apps hosted via Microsoft RDS, as well as CAD-in-a browser like options.
The advantages of AppStream 2.0 include:
For ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) developing applications, AppStream 2.0 offers a platform they can use as a business model to supply their application titles as SaaS directly to customers. There is a good range of information for software vendors available on Amazon’s website (see Amazon AppStream 2.0 | Software Vendors).
Benefits, beyond the above use cases, that appeal to software vendors include:
Indeed, many ISVs have already adopted AppStream 2.0, including heavyweight 3D and CAD/AEC application vendors such as Siemens, Dassault, and Autodesk.
Amazon offers two different services, Amazon WorkSpaces and AppStream 2.0, that can be used to deliver apps remotely either streamed via a browser or within a virtual workspace (desktop). Once you understand the differences between the two services the choice is usually clear from the use case. It is in fact common for organizations to use a mixture of both.
For a detailed comparison of both technologies, see the blog article Amazon AppStream 2.0 vs Amazon WorkSpaces.
As with any digital workspace technology, performance monitoring of virtual desktops deployed on the cloud is important. Performance metrics can be collected in different ways:
eG Enterprise provides capabilities for monitoring both Amazon WorkSpaces and AppStream from one console. Learn more about Amazon AppStream 2.0 monitoring with eG Enterprise.