The Apple Jamf device management platform has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which it claims will help users manage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and gain an extra layer of security.
First introduced in 2006, EC2 AWS instances allow users to run virtual machines on the company’s cloud platform.
Jamf says the collaboration will allow organizations to provide managed, trusted access to their macOS workloads in AWS, enabling teams in fields such as software engineering, security, and creative teams to take advantage of virtualized macOS environments.
What else is on offer?
The Amazon EC2 infrastructure is built on Mac Mini computers stored in data centers.
JamF says its solution means organizations can now provide trusted, secure access to virtual Macs in the same way as physical Macs, providing flexible resource allocation for organizations that use Macs as an important part of their business.
The announcement comes as AWS expands the number of virtual machine options it offers for Mac. For example, the EC2 service will now allow users to rent and run the M1 Mac Mini in the cloud.
Using these Amazon EC2 Mac instance types, developers can create applications for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Safari, as well as share and access macOS environments.
When it comes to pricing, Jamf starts at $ 4 per device per month with no minimum user count and is available now.
“As a service provider managing tens of thousands of Mac computers among our corporate customers, we understand the value Jamf provides. It allows us to ensure security, management and a seamless introduction of Apple devices to our service platform, ”said James Ridsdale, founder of dataJAR.
“Our employees love to use Mac computers and we are seeing Apple devices grow in popularity significantly in our customer base. Jamf allows us to effectively manage this scale. We are delighted that Jamf is working with AWS to continue to provide more options for organizations looking to apply a range of computing options to their employees, contractors, and engineering workflows by managing virtualized Amazon EC2 Mac instances. ”