Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Gets Innovative With Two New Cloud Services
Besides retailing, the leader in cloud computing market, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is constantly thriving to keep expanding into new cloud areas. One might be amazed about Amazon’s dominance in the cloud computing service, but Gartner revealed in August 2013 that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s AWS has approximately five times the combined capacity of its next 14 rivals including Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Keeping its leading streak at check, the company announced two new cloud services on Wednesday, pretty same day the cloud storage firm Dropbox announced improvements in its services. Both these services will be competing directly for enterprise customers. The Dropbox now allow users to combine their personal and business cloud storage spaces with ability to distinguish work from play.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s one of the services, WorkSpaces will stream a PC desktop from the cloud allowing users to feel the pinch of window that looks like a PC regardless of devices they are logging through, whether Mac, PC or tablet. However this concept, known as ‘desktop as a service’, is not so new and Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading player engaged in providing this sort of technology with VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) emerging rapidly besides other established as well as startup players offering such services.
However the concept of ‘desktop as a service’ is not much successful given the concerns related to speed, reliability as well as cost. But with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s entry into the play it is likely that it would successfully pursue the companies, big or small, to use the services.
Amazon AppStream, the second service announced by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is for mobile developers to allow them stream the graphics heavy games and apps from the cloud. With this service the user would require just to install software on their device to allow rest of the app run from the cloud. Amazon AppStream has been made available for iOS and Android devices as well as for Windows platform. However Mac users will require waiting for their turn.