Moving to remote work doesn’t have to be a scary or expensive transition. AWS WorkSpaces offers a simple solution to keep you up and running without the need for additional hardware.
AWS WorkSpaces is a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering that replicates the desktop experience from a web browser. By removing device dependencies, your team has more flexibility for remote work, while giving your organization increased security, scalability, and cost savings.
Due to COVID-19, many companies have an increased demand for remote solutions that can be quickly and securely deployed but are challenged by the high upfront costs and lengthy delays associated with buying a slew of laptops or additional VPN hardware. AWS WorkSpaces gives those advantages while eliminating the need for added hardware purchases.
Starting April 1, AWS will offer free use of Amazon WorkSpaces with Standard, Value, and Performance bundles for up to 50 WorkSpaces through June 30, 2020.
Here are just a few benefits the tool provides:
- Easy deployment – AWS WorkSpaces provides one-click provisioning of desktops and applications, saving your company time and headaches. Additionally, AWS Workspaces eliminates the need to provide remote VPN hardware such as firewalls.
- Fits into your existing IT footprint – You gain direct access to on-premise services, data, shares, and printers to an on-prem VPN or Direct Connect. The tool also integrates with your on-premise Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy Object (GPO) for user authentication and policy management.
- Customizable – There are multiple client choices, including Android, Chromebook, iPad, Linux macOS, PCoIP Zero Client, Web Access, and Windows. You also have CPU, MEM and GPU options, allowing companies to implement a truly custom installation.
- Cost-efficient – Because AWS Workspaces is cloud-based, you pay only for what you use — no need for a significant upfront investment or long-term commitment.
Below, we’ve created two scenarios that highlight how AWS WorkSpaces can quickly deploy a remote team.
Purchasing Laptops Versus Deploying AWS WorkSpaces
Scenario A: A small- to medium-sized company with no current remote-work solution:
Purchasing Additional VPN Hardware Versus Deploying AWS Workspaces
Scenario: A medium- to large-sized company has a remote-work solution in place. During regular operation, less than half of the workforce is remote. But now, due to the coronavirus, nearly 100 percent of its workforce is remote. As a result, they are experiencing numerous VPN issues and service degradation as utilization grows.
Safely Going Remote in a Matter of Hours
Whether you are looking for an alternative to purchasing more laptops or you need to scale your existing remote-work capabilities, AWS WorkSpaces gives you a secure, scalable, cost-effective solution that you can rapidly deploy.