Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, persistent desktop virtualization service. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops - each come with their own set of pricing implications discussed below. WorkSpace pricing can either be done in a monthly or hourly fashion.
|Compute Type||WorkSpaces offers seven different types of compute types. They are
|Platform Type||Linux or Windows. You are charged an additional amount of money for running on Windows vs Linux. You may also bring your own license for Windows WorkSpaces to reduce Windows licensing costs if you have that available.|
|WorkSpace Size||Each Compute Type offers four different configurations with different amounts of vCPU and GB of Memory.
Monitoring Unused WorkSpaces#
WorkSpaces have an attribute named
last_known_user_connection_timestamp that maintains a timestamp of when was the last time a user has accessed this WorkSpace. You should periodically audit WorkSpaces to ensure that they're being used as otherwise it can be wasteful and a contributor to costs. In the event that this timestamp isn't present, it means that a user has never actually connected to this instance. Additionally, you can look for a certain amount of time that has progressed since a user has accessed it - in the event that a user hasn't accessed a WorkSpace in over a few weeks, it may be a good candidate for clean up and cost savings.
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