Ubuntu WorkSpaces on AWS, a fully managed virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), is now generally available on the public cloud platform.
This is the first time a virtual Linux OS desktop is available on AWS, which previously only offered iOS and Windows operating systems.
Ubuntu has consistently counted as one of the most popular Linux distributions, and Canonical, the developer behind Ubuntu, says the new connection gives developers access to a wide choice of open source tools and libraries in areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, and machine. learning, cloud and internet of things.
What does this bring to the table?
“We’ve brought Ubuntu Desktop to Amazon WorkSpaces so developers can streamline the design, coding, pipeline, and deployment of Ubuntu-based workloads, both instances and containers, all within the AWS environment,” said Alex Gallagher, vice president. president of the cloud. for Canonical.
He added, “In addition, Ubuntu virtual desktops on WorkSpaces enable IT organizations to quickly and easily deliver powerful Ubuntu Desktop instances, delivered as a fully managed AWS service.”
In addition, Canonical claims that the flexibility of Amazon WorkSpaces means developers can run and tear down development machines for resource-intensive workloads as and when needed, without the overhead of purchasing and maintaining additional hardware.
The company also claims the solution will allow DevOps engineers to switch between complex OS configurations to test multiple environments without having to reconfigure their local system or provision multiple physical devices.
That’s not all, Canonical says, the new tie will allow remote workers to fulfill their role without increasing security risks, leveraging AWS security controls, and will also allow enterprise administrators to gain comprehensive control over their developer’s desktop environment.
All Ubuntu WorkSpaces will benefit from Ubuntu Pro, which offers 10 years of support for comprehensive security patches.
Amazon has prepared a best practice guide that you can view here (opens in new tab)that walks you through the process of assigning Amazon WorkSpaces to users from a directory service.
More information is available in the AWS as part of the guide to getting started with Amazon WorkSpaces (opens in new tab).