Amazon Workspaces Vs. Azure Virtual Desktop: Which One To Choose?

Two technology powerhouses, Amazon Workspaces and Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop collide in a battle for virtual desktop infrastructure dominance.

In the world of Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been the dominant player since its launch in 2006. Despite the intense competition, AWS remains the leader in the market due to its substantial range of solutions.

With over 175 service offerings, including developer tools, management tools, computing and database services, networking and mobile solutions, and more, enterprises get an array of options at their disposal.

While Azure Virtual Desktop, the Microsoft offering, was launched in 2010 and offered similar services to AWS, including services for artificial intelligence, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Azure is well-known for its robust integration with Microsoft products, such as Active Directory and Visual Studio, making it an ideal choice for enterprises that already use those products.


But who will come out on top as the ultimate winner for providing remote work solutions?

Let’s find out!

 Amazon Workspaces Vs. Azure Virtual Desktop: Differences to Note


  •  OS Compatibility

When it comes to general features, Amazon Workspaces and Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop have a lot in common, such as delivering remote access to the user to connect to work resources from any location and supporting native applications and web browsers.

However, the difference lies in providing a similar performance on different operating systems. Amazon Workspaces offers each user the option of a Windows or Linux operating system.

Azure workspace is limited to Windows OS and provides the choice between a personal desktop and a shared virtual computer. This shared option proves to be a cost-effective approach for companies, as they can save on additional virtual machine expenses.

  • Open-source Integration

Amazon Web Services (AWS) supports the open-source community allowing for seamless integration with various open-source tools such as Ansible, Jenkins, Docker, and GitHub. In contrast, Microsoft Azure natively supports Windows development tools such as Visual Basic Script (VBS), Active Directory, and SQL databases.

While Microsoft traditionally doesn’t focus on open-source as AWS, they have recently made changes to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Hadoop clusters within Azure.

AWS is generally better suited for users with Linux servers, while Azure is geared towards developers working with the .NET framework.

  •  Pricing

When comparing pricing models between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, one should note that AWS charges hourly while Azure charges by the minute.

A primary instance with two virtual CPUs and 8GB of RAM on Amazon Workspace costs around $0.092/hour, while the same on Azure costs around $0.096/hour.

However, Azure becomes more expensive as the architecture grows. For instance, a bigger instance with 256GB RAM and 64vPCU on AWS workspace costs $3.20/hour, while the same configuration on Azure costs $6.76/hour.

Regarding pricing flexibility, AWS’s pay-as-you-go model allows for more savings through maximum resource usage. In contrast, Azure’s pricing model offers less flexibility, with options for pre-paid or monthly charges only.

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  •  What to choose?

Both AWS and Azure are strong competitors – each excelling in different areas. AWS is a larger cloud provider with a more cost-effective pricing model and greater developer friendliness.

On the other hand, Azure is more compatible with large firms that already rely on Microsoft products and excels in providing platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and Windows integration. As such, if an enterprise needs infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or a wide range of tools, AWS is likely the better option.

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About Julie Watson

Julie is a dynamic professional with over 16 years of rich experience as a VDI and Application Hosting expert. At Ace Cloud Hosting, she humanizes disruptive and emerging remote working trends to help leaders discover new and better possibilities for digital transformation and innovation by using cloud solutions with an enterprise-class security approach. Beyond work, Julie is a passionate surfer.
On the weekend, you will find her hanging out with her family or surfing around the North Shore of Oahu.

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