Introducing Amazon Workspaces for the OCS Environment.

posted Oct 5, 2015, 6:28 AM by Caroline Nzui

The OCS Operational Support Unit has released the Amazon Workspaces for OCS users. Amazon mentions that WorkSpaces is a managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android tablets, and zero clients.  

This enables OCS users to access published applications on the OCS environment. This is particularly useful for users who access OCS and travel or work from home.

Some of the benefits realized in using Amazon WorkSpaces are:

1.       Easy to use - Users will be provided with a link to the Amazon WorkSpace client, where they can to login to the OCS eminent using the credentials provided by OSU support.

2.       Secure – When users are using Amazon WorkSpaces, data is not sent to or stored on end-user devices. This offers a secure, high quality experience between users’ devices and their WorkSpaces.  Amazon WorkSpaces incorporates PCoIP technology from Teradici which compresses, encrypts, and encodes the users’ desktop computing experience and transmits ‘pixels only’ across any standard IP network to users’ stateless zero clients, PCs, laptops and mobile devices.

3.      Desktop and Mobile compatibility: Amazon WorkSpaces clients are available for both Windows and Mac computers, for iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android tablets, as well as for zero clients. When WorkSpaces are provisioned for users, they will get an email containing details on how they can download the clients. The WorkSpaces PC or Mac client provides users with full access to their desktop and includes support for multiple monitors, audio, and video.

4.       Flexible payment structure: Amazon offers a pay-as-you-go model with no long-term commitment. This means that Centers will only be charged for what they use.  This is a unique feature that distinguishes Amazon Workspaces from other cloud virtual desktop providers, such as Citrix.