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Managing application delivery is an important part of desktop as a service administration. Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager is a service that securely deploys and manages applications in Amazon WorkSpaces, the public cloud provider's DaaS offering. The service can simplify tasks such as software development, application upgrades and patches.
Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) delivers applications to WorkSpaces users and helps IT admins package and run apps as containers. Once uploaded, the container runs as if natively installed on the WorkSpaces instance. Amazon WAM provides speed, security and convenience for application management, especially when several apps are in use within the enterprise. WAM also tracks application use, facilitating monitoring and cost management.
Developers package applications into containers using the Amazon WAM Studio, and can use the WAM Player to test and validate those apps. WorkSpaces users can access up to 50 applications through WAM once it's installed on their instances; IT teams can delete unwanted or obsolete WAM packages through the WAM Studio after unassigning or deleting apps in the package. To use WAM, an admin builds an application catalog and assigns applications to WorkSpaces users via the AWS Management Console.
Amazon WAM carries a fee and isn't integrated with WorkSpaces through the AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory. IT teams can only integrate it with AWS Directory Service's AD Connector and Simple AD.
Any 32-bit or 64-bit application that runs on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 will run WorkSpaces instances through Amazon WAM. AWS plans to support other operating systems in the future.
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