Amazon AppStream 2.0


Have you ever had dream of using your desktop application from anywhere you want to, like running it from browser or from your proffered device? Well then your dream has already came true.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that allows you to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser, without rewriting them.

Though desktop application are meant to be used on desktop but today people want this to be used from anywhere and from their preferred device.

It is possible but to achieve this,organizations need to maintain multiple versions of their desktop applications, and take additional measures to secure applications and data.

So orgnaization either needs to modify their application in such a way that it runs on browser or continue to maintain and support complex desktop applications.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 comes as a savior here.

Below are some benefits of Amazon AppStream 2.0:

  • Native browser applications without the need to rewrite them
  • Run Desktop Applications on Any Device
  • A single version of each of your apps, which makes application management easier
  • Consistent, Scalable Performance
  • Secure Applications and Data
  • Instant-On Access

Amazon Appstream 2.0 currently allows you to try by yourself.

Below is the landing page when you open TryIt page:


Then I selected Eclipse:



I was running Eclipse a few seconds later, no installation or setup needed:

It also allows you to set resolution as per your need and also allows you to work on full screen to give you experience as if you are working on your desktop application.

Below are few recently added features in Amazon AppStream 2.0:

Fleet Auto Scaling – This feature allows you to use the CloudWatch metrics to scale your fleet up and down in response to changes in demand. This allows you to deliver applications as economically as possible, while still providing instant access.

Image Builder – You can build your own AppStream 2.0 images that contain your choice of applications.

SAML 2.0 Authentication – You can use your existing SAML 2.0 compliant directory with AppStream 2.0. Your users can use their existing credentials to log in.

Fleet Management – You have additional management options for the instances that run your applications.

CloudWatch Metrics – You can observe and monitor seven Amazon CloudWatch metrics, including the size and overall utilization of your fleets.

Try it by yourself 🙂


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