Amazon want you to run Windows 7 on its cloud with WorkSpaces

Amazon made the public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud a major force in business IT with its Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, the retail giant is betting that it can do the same with its new virtual desktop offering: Amazon WorkSpaces.


Amazon is far from the first to explore the idea of the Desktop-as-a-Service in the cloud. Toshiba, Dell, and VMware are all giving it a try. None, however, have Amazon’s cloud chops.

Here’s how Amazon WorkSpaces will work. The service will offer you a choice of desktop service bundles providing different hardware and software options to meet your business’s needs. Each bundle uses Windows 7 as its desktop running as virtual machines on top of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. These, in turn, run off AWS.

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