AWS launches virtual desktop offering in Asia Pacific

Amazon Web Services launches its WorkSpaces desktop-as-a-service offering in the Asia Pacific region.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the release of its WorkSpaces cloud-based virtualised desktop offering in Australia and the greater Asia Pacific region.

The Asia Pacific launch comes seven months after the company first introduced the cloud-based virtualised desktop service at the company's AWS re:Invent summit in Las Vegas last November, along with the release of a preview Beta version of the offering.

In March this year, AWS moved WorkSpaces out of its limited Beta testing version and into a fully-fledged commercial offering for the North American market, with the company's senior vice president, Andy Jassy, claiming the service was half the price of the typical virtual desktop environment infrastructure in the market.

Then early this month, AWS announced the European release of the virtualised desktop offering, with the service being made available thanks to AWS' data facility in Dublin, Ireland.

Now, it is the Asia Pacific region's turn, with the company running the service in its Sydney-based datacentre, which was commissioned in late 2012, to meet the demands of the company's 10,000 plus legion of customers in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the AWS Asia-Pacific (Sydney) region," AWS said in a post on its website.

According to AWS, the service is a fully-managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows users to provision cloud-based desktops, allowing end-users to access documents, applications, and other resources.

Being cloud-based, WorkSpaces can be accessed by a variety of web-enabled devices, including laptop, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets.

"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," the company said on its website.

With the Asia-Pacific launch of the WorkSpaces offering, AWS is introducing its VDI service into a market which already claims more than a few players in the space, including VMWare and Citrix .