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AWS Summit Auckland 2014 | Desktops in the Cloud


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In 2013 AWS launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a fully-managed desktop computing service in the cloud. In a highly mobile world how does this impact traditional desktop management and mobile workforce access to data? How does an organisation take advantage of the benefits provided in a pay as you go model? Join this session to find out more.

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AWS Summit Auckland 2014 | Desktops in the Cloud

  1. 1. © 2014, Inc. and its affiliates. All rights reserved. May not be copied, modified, or distributed in whole or in part without the express consent of, Inc. Desktops in the Cloud Glenn Gore Amazon Web Services
  2. 2. End user computing
  3. 3. So many devices… •  Traditional desktops/laptops •  Mobile devices •  Tablets •  Large format screens •  Wearable tech •  Virtual Reality
  4. 4. Is ANZ ready? •  Large country, low population density •  National Broadband Network •  High population of gamers –  11.1M gamers –  #1 in the world on per gamer spending on iPad –  21.1% of gamers use all four screens •  Why lose skilled workers due to geography? Source: – Gamers in Australia Dec, 2013
  5. 5. Workspaces
  6. 6. Why workspaces? Customer feedback Apps & Data
  7. 7. Key features •  Persistent, secure cloud based storage •  Managed by AWS •  Supports multiple devices •  Choose software and hardware •  Pay as you go •  Corporate directory integration
  8. 8. Use cases •  Mobile workers •  Secure workspaces •  Remote employees •  Seasonal workers •  Student workspaces •  Developer workspaces •  Rapid response scenarios
  9. 9. Current status •  Generally available –  North Virginia (us-east-1) and Oregon (us-west-2) only
  10. 10. AppStream
  11. 11. Key features •  STX Protocol –  Application level streaming –  Dynamically responds to real-world network performance •  Supports multiple devices •  Based on G2 instance family •  Billing based on # of hours streamed ($0.83/hr) •  High definition video + low-latency inputs
  12. 12. Use cases •  Gaming in the cloud •  Immediate access to content •  Access heavy content from tablets –  Medical scans, GIS data … •  Remove access to the application –  Binary data all stored in the cloud •  Centrally manage updates
  13. 13. WorkSpaces vs. AppStream •  WorkSpaces –  Access to OS –  AWS PCoIP Protocol –  User controls the service –  Flat monthly price –  No integration required •  AppStream –  Access to Application –  STX Protocol –  User consumes the service –  Priced per hour –  Requires software integration
  14. 14. Part of the cloud platform •  Companies placing more data into the cloud •  Heavy processing being shifted to the cloud •  Moving the desktop closer to the data and processing is the next step •  Highest latency link should be where the least traffic will flow –  This is becoming more and more the link between the user and the desktop
  15. 15. Whats next? – Iterate. Iterate. Iterate. Use Cases