AppStream 2.0 vs. WorkSpaces: The Basics

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Jun 28, 2017

Learn the difference between AppStream 2.0 and WorkSpaces to help determine which may work best for your organization.

Since Amazon is constantly adding new services to their cloud computing ecosystem, it can be difficult to quickly understand how some of these tools could fit into your current infrastructure. Two relatively new services from Amazon – AppStream 2.0 and WorkSpaces – offer a number of benefits for different organizations and their needs.

In this blog, we’ll introduce you to both of these tools to help you determine if your company could benefit from either one.

What is Amazon AppStream 2.0?

Many organizations continue to use legacy applications that can’t easily be moved to the cloud. This creates scenarios where these apps have to be run from dated equipment and often prevents company personnel from being able to access them online or via mobile devices.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 allows organizations to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser, without the need to rewrite them. With AppStream 2.0, you’ll have instant-on access to the application of your choice, all with a responsive user experience that works with different devices.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 offers you the ability to import your existing desktop applications to AWS so that you can still maintain a single version of each of your apps, but also have them accessible across computers, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Amazon WorkSpaces explained

Instead of hosting legacy applications in the cloud, Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that runs on AWS. WorkSpaces allows you to easily provision cloud based virtual desktops running Windows. These virtual desktops give access to documents, applications, and needed resources from anywhere on any device. You can easily deploy Amazon WorkSpaces from the AWS Management Console.

Differences between Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces

While the two AWS services are somewhat similar, it’s important to remember that Amazon AppStream 2.0 is focused on hosting individual applications on AWS, while Amazon WorkSpaces creates virtual desktops that can be used to create entire working environments for you and your team.

The bottom line is that if you’re looking to move your existing legacy applications to AWS, you’ll want to look at Amazon AppStream 2.0 in more detail, and if you’re just looking for a quick and easy way to deploy Windows virtual desktops for your users, Amazon WorkSpaces is most likely an ideal solution.

Pricing benefits of AppStream 2.0 and WorkSpaces

As is the case with most AWS services, both AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces offer pay-as-you-go pricing, which is far superior to traditional on-premises solutions requiring significant upfront expenses.

Interested in learning more about either of these AWS services?

If you’re interested in learning more about either Amazon AppStream 2.0 or Amazon WorkSpaces, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of cloud experts today at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form. We can discuss your current business needs to come up with a game plan for getting the most benefit from Amazon’s plethora of cloud computing services.

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