New AWS Marketplace category features over 100 desktop applications
for use in Amazon Workspaces virtual desktops
Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (Amazon WAM) provides new
capabilities for enterprises to provision and manage desktop
applications for their Amazon WorkSpaces end-users
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 9, 2015--
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN),
today announced AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps, a new category on the
AWS Marketplace that makes it easy to search for and buy desktop
applications for Amazon WorkSpaces. Starting today, Amazon WorkSpaces’s
virtual desktop customers can access the AWS Marketplace for Desktop
Apps, choose from a broad selection of more than 100 applications in
eleven categories, and pay by the month for the applications they use.
To simplify deployment of these desktop applications, AWS also announced
Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (Amazon WAM), a new service that
packages and delivers applications to Amazon WorkSpaces so that they
that run as if they are natively installed, but are centrally controlled
by IT administrators for simplified maintenance and auditability. For
more information, visit https://aws.amazon.com/workspaces/applicationmanager/awsmarketplace.
Launched in 2014, Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop computing
service in the cloud that gives end-users access to the documents,
applications, and resources they need from the device of their choice.
Until now, Amazon WorkSpaces customers did not have an easy way to
search for and buy applications for their Amazon WorkSpaces.
Additionally, customers have only been able to buy desktop software on
an annual or perpetual license basis. With AWS Marketplace for Desktop
Apps, these customers can now easily find and purchase monthly
subscriptions to popular desktop applications in categories such as
Security, Productivity and Collaboration, Business Intelligence, and
Illustration and Design – all from within the Amazon WorkSpaces console.
Customers only pay for the software they use. There are no additional
contracts or invoices, and customers receive all software charges in
their monthly AWS bill.
Today, many companies deploy a mix of upwards of 200 software titles to
their desktops. This requires them to invest in infrastructure to manage
their applications and track usage, which adds cost and complexity.
Further, it is difficult to manage upgrades and retirement of
applications when they are no longer needed. Amazon WAM makes it easy to
manage and deploy these applications on-demand and at scale. With Amazon
WAM, administrators can build and curate a selection of desktop
applications, and then control which users have access to them. Users
can then select and install only the applications they need, and
administrators can track usage in real-time so they only pay for what
their employees use. In addition to selecting applications from the AWS
Marketplace, businesses can upload their own line of business
applications and control employee access to them.
“With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, Amazon WorkSpaces
customers are able to provision a high-quality, cloud-based desktop
experience for their end users at half the cost of other virtual desktop
infrastructure solutions,” said Gene Farrell, General Manager of AWS
Enterprise Applications. “By introducing the AWS Marketplace for Desktop
Apps and Amazon WAM, AWS is adding even more value to the Amazon
WorkSpaces experience by helping organizations reduce the complexity of
selecting, provisioning, and deploying applications. With pay-as-you-go
monthly pricing and end-user self-provisioning of applications,
customers will lower the costs associated with provisioning and
maintaining applications for their workforce.”
About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured
technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set
of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment
services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil,
China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million
customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and
government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to
innovate quickly, lower IT costs and scale applications globally. To
learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.
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