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Amazon’s big reveal at re:Invent: Desktops as a service

on November 14, 2013

Gigaom

Amazon Web Services has been courting enterprise IT users pretty heavily for the past couple years, and it stepped up its game on Wednesday with the announcement of its new Amazon WorkSpaces service. If the appetite for virtual desktops really is as big as everyone seems to think (and, AWS’s foray into the space suggests it is), AWS might have pulled off one of its boldest moves yet, even if it’s not as sexy as launching NoSQL database services or entirely new pricing options.

As Andy Jassy laid out in his keynote at the company’s re:Invent conference on Wednesday, and as AWS’s Jeff Barr explained in a blog post, the key benefit of of WorkSpaces is that it’s relatively cheap — ranging in price $35 to $75 per user per month. Rather than paying for all sorts of flash storage and managing an entirely new set of infrastructure, everything…

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