So, I’ve ignored Amazon’s VDI offering for a few blogging cycles. It’s clear that Amazon is offering their VDI service as a way to get their foot in the door of the enterprise. If you think about it Amazon has little choice but to add a VDI solution to their current offering if they want to have a shot at outsourcing the enterprise datacenter. One of the primary rules of end user services is to place the services as close to the user as possible.
VDI has been a way to keep the services as close to the end user by moving the desktops to the datacenter. If you want to move your services to AWS where’s the best place for your VDI? Amazon has provided this capability with their DaaS solution. The question, is it ready for use as a primary enterprise solution?
Gartner did a great FAQ Q&A with AWS on their DaaS solution. The solution is lacking many of the enterprise features we see in solutions like XenDesktop and VMware Horizon. A list is below.
- Enterprise Active Directory Provisioning Tools
- Streaming Application Support
- Pooled Desktops
- Image version control (snapshots)
- Desktop provisioning based on location
AWS is a pretty bold step in a the direction of offering enterprises the performance they need to outsource their end user services to the AWS cloud. I’m also not clear on how performance issues such as boot up storm are handled in what has traditionally been an uneven performance environment. I’m also, not sure if you can provide guaranteed performance levels for certain workloads such as programers compiling code. These and other features are must haves for large enterprise deployments. If you want to consider a true enterprise ready solution you can look at hosting XenApp in the AWS cloud.
Updated 11/26/13: Over on BrianMadden.com they have a 50 Question Q&A on AWS DaaS with the Amazon Product Mangaer.