What is Amazon AppStream 2.0 ?
Ever wanted to serve your business applications directly through an internet browser? Do you want a powerful graphical computing and rendering environment directly accessible? AppStream 2.0 increases the possibilities while providing a secure, efficient and scalable environment for your users.
Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed non-persistent application and desktop streaming service that provides users with instant access to Windows desktop applications from anywhere on any device.
How AppStream 2.0 can help your team:
- Make a desktop app largely available with no rewrite by letting user access and run them through their browser
- Scale without infrastructure, as the service manages the AWS resources required to host and run the application, scales automatically and provides access to users on-demand
- Pay-as-you-go with no upfront investment and no infrastructure to maintain, as you only pay for the streaming resources that you use plus a small monthly fee per streaming user
- Each user’s experience is fluid and responsive because the applications run on virtual machines (VMs) optimized for each use case
- To create a familiar experience for the customers, the appearance of AppStream 2.0 can be customizedwith branding images, text, and website links
How AppStream 2.0 helps ISVs (Independent Software Vendors):
As a software vendor, you can accelerate the adoption of your desktop application by providing a SaaS version through VDI with no rewrite. Reach a faster Time to Market and increased customer reach, and benefit of the values of SaaS without incurring the overhead of a major refactoring of software. As Amazon AppStream is a fully Managed Service, ISVs don’t need to plan, deploy, manage, or upgrade any application streaming infrastructure, and instantly benefit of global availability and pay-as-you-go pricing.
To improve the software trials, demos and training experience for your customers, you can also provide software trials on-demand, with no local installs, or special hardware required.
How AppStream aligns with our cloud vision
With the increasing work-from-home situation for many companies, ensuring access to applications that require high levels of performance and compute resources can be critical to maintain business continuity. VDI solutions such as Amazon AppStream is the best way to do it, as it only requires the user to have access to a browser and an internet connection.
As an AWS managed service, AppStream is a great tool to initialize or accelerate a project, by giving access quickly to a desktop application through the user’s browser. The service provides a number of options to manage storage with home folders, personalize multiple user settings, choose between user pools or Active Directory for user management, and much more.
This flexibility lets us design the perfect solution around AppStream to answer the needs of our customers. By leveraging the additional capabilities of the AWS platform, we can build a custom and secure environment to meet the needs. Being fully managed by AWS, the technical level required to administrate an AppStream fleet boils down to monitoring its utilization.
How and why we use AppStream
Because the best way to help our customers design and build their solutions is to use the services ourselves, we have been using AppStream for multiple years.
After joining the TeamWork group in September 2017, Corexpert integrated its accounting within a few weeks in SAP. From January 2018, all of Corexpert’s management is operational in SAP: orders, invoicing, entry of time to invoice, monitoring of absences, expense reports, workflow, …
In order to allow our colleagues to use the SAP connection client (SAP GUI, pronounce “gooey” or G-U-I for Graphic User Interface) they therefore needed a client to install on their local workstation as well as an individual VPN account in order to access the group’s SAP infrastructures. As the Mac client is not native, a JAVA version is available …
Corexpert is “born in the cloud” and as far as possible we use resources in Amazon Web Services for our applications, or SaaS applications. We are not really used to deploying on user workstations and not seeing how to do this with Jenkins, we have decided to implement Amazon AppStream in order to accelerate this deployment and ensure that it is carried out without impact on our users.
Read more (in French) here: https://blog.corexpert.net/2018/03/17/corexpert-deploie-sap-gui-avec-amazon-appstream/
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