AWS WorkSpaces – The Amazon VDI answer

AWS WorkSpaces – The Amazon VDI answer

Amazon ha annunciato oggi all’ AWS re:Invent 2013, il secondo evento globale annuale che si tiene a Las Vegas, Nevada tra il 12 ed il 15 di novembre, una grossa novità:

AWS WorkSpace

una soluzione VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) totalmente in outsourcing e con il classico modello onDemand.

Insomma dopo tanto “chiasso” e tanto marketing da parte dei leader indiscussi del VDI (Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenClient e vmware view) per far digerire ai clienti le loro soluzioni “private” a licenza, con costi a volte proibitivi se consideriamo anche l’infrastruttura necessaria ad erogare le soluzioni VDI, ora Amazon lancia la sua strategia e cerca anche di rispondere in termini di TCO comparison, come si può leggere in questo link : http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2013/11/tco-comparison-amazon-workspaces-and-traditional-virtual-desktop-infrastructure-vdi.html

La soluzione per ora è in limited preview, i prezzi delle attuali combinazioni sono come al solito pubblici, come siamo abituati in una vera Cloud.

Gustiamoci il video di presentazione ufficiale:

AWS AppStream

Ma non finisce qui c’è di più e probabilmente è una novità ancor più potente del WorkSpace. Amazon AppStream è un servizio a bassa latenza flessibile che consente lo streaming di applicazioni intensive, esempio giochi dal cloud. L’applicazione si distribuisce e renderizza sull’ infrastruttura AWS ed arriva in streaming sui dispositivi di largo consumo, poco potenti.

Anche qui ricorda molto la ben nota Citrix HDX (High Definition Experience), che però, come abbiamo detto sopra è legata a soluzioni “private” con modello a licenza. Mentre qui abbiamo il modello Public Cloud onDemand con un pricing molto interessante ed un SDK per poter sviluppare le nostre App da distribuire in streaming, cioè una sorta di application virtualization PaaS.

Anche questo servizio è  in limited preview, per ora.

Conclusioni

C’è da dire che l’idea del gioco online in streaming non è una novità, già dal 2009 una società la OnLive di cui abbiamo già parlato in passato, offre giochi online mediante delle console e successivamente nel 2012 la società sfrutta la potenza computazionale installata per offrire in streaming dei desktop con tutti i prodotti software necessari, qui il modello è un freemium con offerte degne di nota .

Insomma alla fine la differenza non sarà determinata solo dal prezzo, bensi soprattutto dalla fruibilità di queste soluzioni, cioè dai protocolli di accelerazione e dalle soluzioni di gestione dell’ offline syncronization.

 

 

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  1. Fabio Cecaro 16 novembre 2013 at 12:15

    Citrix, VMware Stocks Fall On Amazon Cloud Push

    By REINHARDT KRAUSE, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

    Shares of Citrix Systems (CTXS) and VMware (VMW) were down for a second day following Amazon.com’s (AMZN) announcement that its Amazon Web Services unit will enter the desktop virtualization market to boost its cloud computing business.

    VMware’s virtualization software is widely used in corporate data centers to increase the flexibility and capabilities of computer servers, but it’s also moving onto desktops. Citrix has focused its virtualization technology in desktop PC environments.

    AWS said in a blog post Wednesday that it plans to offer Amazon WorkSpaces, a desktop virtualization product. Analysts expect AWS virtualization platform to be ready in the first half of 2014.

    WorkSpaces, provides secure, cloud-based access to corporate documents and apps via a user’s device of choice, while eliminating the upfront and ongoing expenses associated with building out an owned infrastructure, UBS explained in a research report. UBS estimates AWS will bring in about $8.2 billion in revenue in 2017, up from about $3 billion this year and $2 billion last year.

    Amazon WorkSpaces will help companies connect to AWS’ infrastructure-as-a-service. With IaaS, companies lease computer power and data storage by the hour.

    AWS is the biggest IaaS provider. Oppenheimer recently estimated AWS Q4 revenue will top $1 billion, giving it more than $3.3 billion in 2013 sales.

    Citrix stock was down 4.7% in midday trading in the stock market Thursday, after falling 4.8% on Wednesday. VMware stock was down 2.3%, after falling 1.3% on Wednesday. Amazon stock was up nearly 2%.

    “Citrix stock now likely has the AWS ‘bogeyman,’ as has happened to others,” said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard in a report. “WorkSpaces looks much like the (virtual) edition of Citrix XenDesktop and a subset of Horizon View from VMware.

    “For VMware, we continue to view the desktop market as less of a driver. The WorkSpaces announcement will serve to remind investors that VMware continues to be at odds with AWS, putting the onus on VMware’s public cloud strategy.”

    Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, in a report, said AWS’ initial desktop focus will likely be on small and midsize businesses, which will minimize the early impact on Citrix. But Sherlund says AWS will likely target large enterprise customers in the long run.

    In IaaS, Amazon competes with Rackspace (RAX), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM) and others. IBM, which earlier this year acquired privately held SoftLayer, recently launched an advertising campaign vs. Amazon’s cloud-computing business.

    Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/technology/111413-679195-amazon-cloud-targets-virtualization-citrix-vmware-stocks-fall.htm#ixzz2ko3212QQ

  2. Gisselle 9 ottobre 2015 at 17:48

    VDI-in-a-Box provides anethor alternative in delivering hosted desktops. Most CSPs provide a hosted desktop using XenApp to present a Windows Server session with a Windows 7 look and feel. For customers that are looking for a fully personalised desktop, then VDI-in-a-Box provides a low cost, scalable platform. As Windows 7 VDA is not available under SPLA, the workaround is to provide VDA licenses through OPEN and host these on dedicated servers which coincendentally is the ideal way to build out a VDI-in-a-Box environment.The key to delivering the right desktop to your customer is to explore the options while remaining compliant mix, match & grow.Chris N

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