Amazon Web Services throws down VDI gauntlet to rivals

Amazon Web Services has taken the wraps off a PC virtualisation product that it claims is cheaper than rival offerings

Amazon Web Services has thrown down the gauntlet to Citrix and VMware after taking the wraps off a cloud-based desktop computing service at its annual re:Invent shindig.

The cloud provider yesterday announced enhancements to its channel programme and has followed that up with some product developments, with PC virtualisation WorkSpaces catching the eye.

The managed desktop service in the cloud allows users to provision hosted desktops and access applications and documents on a wide range of devices, including tablets, on a pay-as-you go basis.

AWS is pitching its offering as being both easier and cheaper than existing services with the vendor's website claiming: "With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions."

At the same time the cloud player also took the wraps off its AppStream product that lets mobile users stream resource intensive content and games from the cloud rather than having to instal them on the tablet or smart phone.  

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