Amazon VDI solution gets interesting for the Netherlands

AWS workspaces now available in the Frankfurt AWS Region

The @Awscloud VDI solution gets interesting for the Netherlands. A virtual desktop running in Frankfurt is only 15 milliseconds away.

What’s Amazon WorkSpaces again?

It’s in fact a personal windows based desktop in the cloud — fully managed, secure desktop computing service which runs on the AWS cloud. From this desktop one can “access to the documents, applications, and resources they need from the device of their choice, including Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire tablets, and Android tablets. Amazon WorkSpaces integrates with your existing IT systems, and you can use your corporate Active Directory to provide users with seamless access to company resources. “


Being Dutch, cost is obviously a consideration:

With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay either monthly or hourly just for the desktops you launch, which saves you money compared to traditional desktops and on-premises VDI like @Citrix XenDesktop or @VMware Horizon view solutions.


At this price you get a basic VDI desktop and you can install your own applications — you need to take care about applicationloicenssindg yourself (BYOL). If you have an Office 365 subscription, this is pretty convenient.

However AWS offers an application bundle which offers everything a typical office user would need:

Application management

A cool feature — not well known and often overlooked — is the Amazon Workspaces Application Manager or WAM. With WAM the IT department can package, assign, and deploy applications, and makes license management much easier.

My 2 cents

I am surprised by the ‘Enterprise’ features of Amazon’s AWS solution. With the availability in the EU-Central-1 region its a serious option to consider for dutch customers. My experience with AWS Workspaces running in Ireland was already good. The VDI client runs fine on all platforms, I especially like the one for iPad.

So all in all I’m pretty enthusiastic about this solution now it’s only 15 milliseconds away!