AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) has announced the availability of its Amazon Workspaces environment in Europe.
Previously limited to the US, Amazon Workspaces is a virtualisation system that creates desktop computing environments in the cloud.
Amazon announced the European launch in a blog post this week, saying, "Today we are bringing Amazon WorkSpaces to Europe, with immediate availability in the EU (Ireland) Region. This new Region joins the existing US East (Northern Virginia) and US West (Oregon) Regions."
Amazon Workspaces is an alternative to physical server based systems, providing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) at its European data centres rather than onsite.
The desktops, which feature Windows 7 user interfaces, are powered by Windows Server 2008 and include optional access to Microsoft Office 2010.
Adminstrators select the number of desktops, the software requirements, storage and processing power required for their network and everything is created at remote servers.
For end users the process is seamless apart from a different login screen, with the added advantage that they cannot add their own software or bring any vulnerabilities with them, while accessing their workspaces from a range of devices including tablets, for which the workspaces are fully touch-provisioned.
Amazon claims that its workspaces are designed for 99.999 percent reliability, suggesting that it is not concerned about data loss.
Amazon Web Services recently hit the headlines, after it was revealed that developers were accidentally posting administrator access keys to AWS accounts in open source code at Github. Greenpeace recently criticised the company for buying "dirty energy" in a survey of the green credentials of information technology giants. µ