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Amazon Server streams operating system & Fire TV entry-level NAS IBM Cloud Computing

IBM and Amazon Web Services – Amazon AWS

Amazon streams operating system 

Amazon will soon not only offer servers and storage in its cloud but complete virtual PCs that can be used from any device. In this way, companies should spare the staffing of their own and the entire maintenance of these devices and let their employees work with a device of their choice, which can also be their own – keyword Bring Your Own Device.

Windows 7 from the cloud


The new product of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) is called WorkSpaces and can be booked in the four variants Standard, Standard Plus, Performance, and Performance Plus. They all offer a virtual Windows 7 with one or two processors, each with 3.75 GB of RAM per processor and a virtual hard disk with 50 or 100 GB of storage space.

IE, Firefox, Flash, and Java on board


All configurations also include a software package consisting of Adobe Reader, Flash, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, 7-Zip and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Plus packages also include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro’s Worry-Free Business Security Services. Amazon guarantees 99.99 percent availability for the virtual disk. The prizes range from $ 35 for the standard version to $ 75 for the Performance Plus, per user per month.

Stream on Macs, iPads, and Android


WorkSpaces can be used on Windows PCs, Macs, iPads and Android tablets. To do this, the user must install the appropriate PC or Mac client or the WorkSpaces app. From the company’s point of view, the company’s own applications can be additionally installed on the virtual PCS and admins can ensure that the associated security mechanisms and guidelines are implemented for them. The client software or app is secured in such a way that the strict company guidelines for the use of the applications and their data are adhered to within the virtual PC.

Asustor’s entry-level NAS

 

A NAS server for backing up and transferring data is always worthwhile. To match this, Amazon is reducing the Asustor AS1002T with up to 16 TB of storage space for the next few hours. We check the offer.

Asustor AS1002T 16TB: Homeserver for demanding users

NAS systems serve as a data storage, backup drive or as a network distributor for music, photos, and videos. NAS itself stands for Network Attached Storage – Germanized as “network hard drive”, which is basically a kind of minimalist computer with LAN port, which can act as a stand-alone device in the network.
For example, the Asustor AS1002T has useful hardware components reminiscent of a PC:
  • CPU: 1 GHz (dual core)
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • HDD slots: 2x for 3.5 inch SATA II / III
  • Maximum raw capacity: 16 TB (2x 8 TB)
Connections:
  • HDMI 1.4a
  • 1 x GB LAN
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Weight: 0.99 kg
  • Fan: 70 mm
The Asustor AS1002T is a so-called 2-bay NAS – so a model with space for up to two hard drives. These are not included and must be purchased separately if not available. Nevertheless, the system is suitable for experienced users as well as beginners with high demands.

Amazon Fire TV: DLNA via Kodi (XBMC) & Plex

Use Amazon Fire TV (AFTV) as a DLNA client, such as Kodi (XBMC) or Plex, to stream movies, music, and photos from your PC or NAS server to your Fire TV box.

Amazon did not design the Fire TV box as a DLNA client. Movies and other media that you have stored on your or a NAS server must, therefore, be integrated into the Amazon system via an app.

 

Integrate Plex as a DLNA client


A very convenient solution is the media center Plex because you can install the corresponding client through the Amazon App Shop. In order to use Plex, you must additionally set up a free Plex server on your PC or NAS. How to use Plex correctly, you will learn in our practical tip. Although the instructions are based on Chromecast, the setup of the server and the client is identical to the Amazon Fire TV – and thanks to its entry-friendly interface, Plex can be up and running in minutes.

Plex also has a transcoding function: If a player does not support the prerequisite video and audio format, the server converts the file during playback. However, this feature requires enough computing power.

Plex is free, but if you want to use premium features like a multi-user administration, you have to buy a license. A price list can be found on the manufacturer page.

 

Use Kodi (XBMC) as a DLNA client


Kodi (formerly XBMC), like Plex, is a very large and add-on extensible media center but does not require a separate media management server. Since the Android version of Kodi is not in the Amazon App Shop, you need to install the APK manually. To find out how to do this, read Amazon Fire TV: Installing Android apps in our article.

So that Kodi finds the media, you must now integrate the drive. If you want to access a Windows PC, you will need a Windows share. In our practical tip, we will show you how to set up a home network under Windows.