AWS gives its cloud desktops a huge unexpected upgrade

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced two new versions of its Workspaces desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud (opens in a new tab) offering that comes with surprisingly plenty of temporary local storage.

The two new workspaces are called Graphics.g4dn and GraphicsPro.g4dn. They add temporary local storage using an “instance store”.

This is a new AWS offering described by the company as ideal for temporary storage of information that changes frequently, such as buffers, caches, working data, and other temporary content, or for data that is replicated across a fleet of instances, such as a pool of load-balanced web servers.

Costs and availability

That being said, Graphics.g4dn comes with 100 GB of instance storage, 4 vCPUs, 16 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of video memory, which AWS says is enough for all the usual heavy graphics applications.

The GraphicsPro.g4dn, on the other hand, comes with 6 vCPUs, 64 GB of RAM and 16 GB of video memory, designed for “multimedia production, seismic visualization, GIS data processing, data intelligence, small-scale ML model training and ML Inference.”

Both run on 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable processors (Cascade Lake) and NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs.

As for pricing, Graphics.g4dn will cost you $536 per month while GraphicsPro.g4dn costs $959 per month. There are also monthly reservation fees and an hourly rental model, designed to reduce expenses for specific use cases.

Graphics.g4dn or GraphicsPro.g4dn bundles can be deployed with the Windows 10 desktop experience (powered by Windows Server 2019), but users can also bring their own Windows licenses, which further reduces costs.

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New graphics bundles can be launched by selecting their names in the Amazon WorkSpaces management console, the company added, as well as through the Amazon WorkSpaces APIs.

At the moment they are available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, London), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo), and South America (São Paulo).

Via: The Register (opens in a new tab)

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