Yesterday Amazon Web Service launched their WorkSpaces DaaS platform to the general public. I've been using the preview of it for the past month, and now that the embargo is lifted I want to share my review of it.
First, though, I have to say that after using it for a month, I'm a little confused about what my actual story angle is. I just spent the past 20 minutes taking screenshots, but now that I'm looking at them, they're all completely worthless. The desktop looks like a Windows desktop. The WorkSpaces client app's login box looks like a login box. The iPad app looks like a . . . You see the pattern here.
Ok, so maybe all that end-user stuff is the same as everything else, but what about the admin UI? What if I take a bunch of screenshots of that and tell you how that works? Here's the problem with that: WorkSpaces is available. You don't need some idiot blogger telling you about it, just go try it for yourself. Seriously, login with your AWS account to console.aws.amazon.com and click on the WorkSpaces icon and check it out. You can literally click "Get Started Now" and follow those steps to have real DaaS desktops provisioned faster than you can read a review of it here.
Another feature of WorkSpaces is called WorkSpaces "Sync" (which is Amazon's version of Dropbox but with way fewer features). I installed the Windows WorkSpaces Sync agent in my remote WorkSpaces desktop and the Mac agent on my local Mac. And guess what? It works too. My full review can be a Tweet. "You put a file in the folder. It shows up on the other computer. The end."
Soooo... Um.. What else???
Honestly readers of BrianMadden.com already know everything about AWS WorkSpaces, and we've already had our conversations, comments, and arguments about it. Everything AWS launched is exactly what we discussed in November with in the articles, "Amazon gets into the DaaS space with AWS "WorkSpaces." Here's what you need to know." and the follow-up from a week later, "I sent Amazon 50 questions about their new WorkSpaces DaaS product. Here are their answers to every single one!." Any comments we receive today are most likely just going to rehash those comments.
So I guess that's it. Without any more fanfare . . .
My review of Amazon WorkSpaces
Tried AWS WorkSpaces. Works as expected.