Amazon WorkSpaces

What is Amazon WorkSpaces?

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that allows administrators to provision Windows and Linux desktops in minutes. An Amazon WorkSpace is a cloud-based virtual desktop that can act as a replacement for a traditional desktop. A WorkSpace is available as a bundle of compute resources, storage space, and software applications that allow a user to perform day-to-day tasks just like using a traditional desktop.

What is Amazon WorkSpaces used for?

Amazon WorkSpaces greatly simplifies desktop delivery by eliminating the need to manage hardware, OS patches, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI). With Amazon WorkSpaces, users get fast, responsive desktops that they can access anywhere, anytime, from any device.

Persistent workspaces offer desktops where the user data, applications, storage, and configurations persist beyond the life of a session and can be customized for individual users.

Typical use cases include:

  • Replacing on premises VDI desktops using technologies, such as Citrix CVAD (was Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop) and VMware Horizon view.
  • As an alternative to traditional VDI vendor cloud options, such as Citrix Cloud, VMware Horizon Cloud.
  • As a competitive offering to other native cloud digital workspace offerings, such as AVD (Azure Virtual Desktops) on Microsoft Azure.

How can I improve Amazon WorkSpaces performance?

The first step to improve the performance of your Amazon WorkSpaces service is to be able to monitor it. Effective monitoring highlights if specific areas of logon processing are taking time (e.g., GPO processing) and optimizations can be initiated to reduce user logon time. Likewise user latency can be high if the desktop resources are under-provisioned. Continuous monitoring can highlight such situations as well. There are several such examples of how in-depth and on-going monitoring of Amazon WorkSpaces can provide inputs for optimizing and improving the user experience.

Amazon WorkSpaces monitoring

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