Today’s workforce is no longer confined to office walls. People work from home. They do tasks while commuting to and from work. They even work on vacation. This convenience is made possible through remote access solutions. One of which is the Amazon AppStream 2.0.
Here’s what you need to know about this powerful application streaming service.
What is it?
Initially released in 2013, Amazon AppStream was created as a platform for remote access to digital resources. The goal is to help businesses streamline the costly process of managing apps on-premises. Simply put, it streams desktop apps to users across various devices via a browser.
Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 has been updated with major improvements. The updates are made possible by user feedback. Now, you can stream desktop applications from Amazon Web Services to any device running a web browser compatible with HTML 5.
What can you do with Amazon AppStream 2.0?
You can run desktop applications on any device. This includes Windows, Linux, Macs, and Chromebooks. Amazon AppStream 2.0 features multiple streaming options, including the General Purpose, Compute Optimized, and Memory Optimized.
Everything is fully managed by Amazon. Your applications and data will be kept on Amazon Web Services. This means you can expect robust security features like network and web application firewalls. The app can also isolate your applications for secure delivery.
You’ll always have access to the latest version of your applications. It minimizes the risk of compromising confidential data if your device gets lost or stolen. Your data is stored on Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.
What other benefits are there?
- You have mobile access to documents and applications. You’ll also appreciate the app’s simple user interface. Its UI enables you to upload files to a session, access and edit them, and download them when you’re done.
- Amazon AppStream 2.0 uses NICE DCV for high-performance streaming. This ensures secure and fast access to applications. NICE DCV automatically adjusts to network conditions.
- The app supports delivery of high-performance graphics applications from Amazon Web Services. This allows you to stream powerful graphics applications to a web browser on any desktop.
- It lets you scale up or down as needed. You only pay for the streaming instances you use, and a small monthly fee per authorized user. There’s no upfront capital or premises infrastructure maintenance costs.
If your business mainly consists of a remote workforce or is planning to adopt remote work policies, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is one solid option.
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