- Amazon Web Services Launches City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge http://t.co/sUStc6T68I http://t.co/JzFUYQ2HzB 09:47:30, 2014-03-25
- RT @judsonmitchell: Pleased our law school is kicking off a new Tech and Entrepreneurship program today! http://t.co/XkJ0kkrWW5 09:55:38, 2014-03-25
- "We Opt for More Instead of Better. Better Is Better Than More." http://t.co/y1FQVSJG0G 12:18:50, 2014-03-25
- RT @peterscampbell: Nice move, Microsoft! "Microsoft makes MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code public" http://t.co/pRlmPXwwoe 14:27:34, 2014-03-25
- My Twitter Digest for 03/24/2014 http://t.co/Bz3gDvNHZ6 15:30:44, 2014-03-25
- Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File http://t.co/aVh0ZQPBeJ 18:58:31, 2014-03-25
- RT @davewiner: I use Fargo to keep what Johnson calls a "spark file." It's how I manage all the ideas I want to work on. 😉 http://t.co/qs… 18:58:40, 2014-03-25
AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon WorkSpaces
Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
Now we’re getting somewhere. Amazon Workspaces promises to deliver a full Windows 7 desktop experience to practically any device1» . Workspaces offers standard and performance bundles that vary in hardware resources and allow you to bring your own licenses for things like Microsoft Office. The standard plus and performance plus bundles add Office 2010 and other utilities. Pricing starts at $35 per month per desktop for the standard bundle.This services provides a number of opportunities for law school IT departments. Faculty and student desktops could be provisioned with specific software and made available to faculty and students anywhere, anytime, on most devices. Think about that for a second. A consistent, edu-centered learning machine available in the classroom, in the library, or in Starbucks. Sounds very cool to me.
The same notions go for law practice. Consistent desktops and applications available to every lawyer, everywhere, in secure environment. Just make the tools part of the background instead of the focus.
It will be interesting to see where this goes. I recommend this blog article on the AWS blog for a quick start guide.