How Amazon WorkSpaces will influence the future of IaaS
As the cloud industry matures, AWS (among other major companies) is quickly becoming part of what many pundits are pointing to when they reference infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). With its scale and wide spread use, one could argue that AWS is the definitional IaaS platform.
While not rare by any measure, pure IaaS consumption is not the sole method for infrastructure delivery. Managed hosting, colocation, and internal data centers are all part of a fully considered approach to IaaS.
With so much variation among how companies utilize the platform, one can’t help but wonder what comes next. Is IaaS always going to be consumed the way it is right now?
As we noted in our recent coverage of AWS re:Invent conference, AWS’ move towards virtual desktops is a particularly interesting sign.
IaaS typically requires a certain level of automation, especially for services like AWS that does not provide any support. Unless your internal team have several people dedicated towards managing, automation is typically the path of least resistance for IaaS management.
Challenges aside, the push to utilize the premier IaaS platform, enabling the virtual desktop revolution, provides an interesting view into what is next for IaaS. While virtual desktops have long been championed by VMware and Citrix, timing and data center bottlenecks plague smart products.
In the cloud era though, internal data centers have become integrated with outsourced data centers with access to greater resources. VMware and Citrix undoubtedly have been leading the charge to capitalize on this trend, so they should by no means be put out of the running for desktop supremacy.
The move from AWS points out that while IaaS, over the last few years, has been mainly used for web infrastructure; it is beginning to move toward internal desktop IT infrastructure.
There are certainly challenges to be solved, from issues of performance to quality and ease of use. Reliance on the internet conduct work has been a chief challenge for GoogleDocs, for example.
Yet, how AWS WorkSpaces points to IaaS is seeping into the fabric of how cloud infrastructure is considered. Perhaps the days of “cloud” as a buzzword is going to recede into the reality that outsourced infrastructure is underlying increasing portions of the platforms that we use to perform basic functions.
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