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AWS 101: What is Amazon WorkSpaces?

Posted on October 25, 2022 by

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In today’s expanding world of work from anywhere, not all employees have access to business laptops. Desktop computers are still widely used in universities. What does it imply when the entire staff must work from home simultaneously?

When a VPN malfunctions or might not be available, it can stress IT significantly, forcing them to search for a solution. As one solution to this problem, consider Amazon WorkSpaces. After discussing the Amazon EC2 service and AWS 101 at a basic level, let’s take a deeper look at this company’s virtual desktop service.

Amazon WorkSpaces: What is it?

This virtual desktop service hosted in the cloud may take the place of a standard desktop and “plays nice” with all platforms and devices. When building closures are necessary, there are natural disasters, or when enterprises need or choose to do away with conventional client VPN solutions, it offers them a controlled and secure alternative.

With Amazon WorkSpaces, you have a tonne of freedom. Devices running web browsers, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, ChromeOS, Android, FireOS, and Apple IOS may access it. You may also access WorkSpaces via thin clients, simply terminals with a network interface and a whole embedded operating system.

With this solution, each user’s desktop may be configured to contain an operating system, computing power, storage, and software programs that let users carry out regular operations precisely like they would on a conventional desktop.

What Benefits Make Amazon WorkSpaces Offer?

Due to its flexibility, enterprises may reduce hardware depreciation by avoiding the conventional requirement to purchase upgraded hardware every three to five years. Organizations may issue an updated version of the Amazon WorkSpace package that uses a new OS (Windows or Linux) with improved technical specifications.

It lowers the costs and inconveniences associated with managing inventories, OS updates, and patches. As a result, your desktop distribution approach might be made simpler. Users receive a quick, responsive desktop of their choosing, which they can use from any compatible device, anywhere, at any time. They are not confined to a desk and may work from any location.

How Are Businesses Making Use of AWS WorkSpaces?

AWS WorkSpaces is an efficient answer given the current, abrupt drive to shift people to a remote-first working environment. In reality, we just deployed Amazon WorkSpaces for an international financial services customer with personnel in the UK, Italy, and the United States.

Our client needed to allow employees to work from home but lacked a VPN solution. They contacted Onix, and our staff informed them of the procedures required to swiftly and efficiently make 100 WorkSpaces available with a secure connection, eliminating the requirement for a client VPN setup. Even though this isn’t WorkSpaces’ primary function, it gave the client’s solution some more value.

Most of the networking infrastructure required to link the WorkSpaces environment to the resources users would access had already been provided for this client. Using an AWS AD Connector, our team linked the client’s on-premise Active Directory (AD) to WorkSpaces. WorkSpaces emerged as computer objects in the customer’s Active Directory when they were added to AWS.

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Additionally, this strategy made it possible for current domain users to be rapidly assigned to a specific AWS Workspace using the same login information they had used to access their actual office PCs daily.

The Onix team also produced a WorkSpaces picture to give the client company’s staff a standardized desktop and a selection of pre-installed programs. A WorkSpaces bundle containing this picture was created and given to the designated users.

  • Different bundles were given to different user categories, which…
  • gave administrators the ability to control who may access specific programs
  • each desktop provisioning facilitated in less than 30 minutes

Users were not allowed to download company data on their home or work computers or laptops. Their work areas are totally segregated.

No matter what device a user used to access their own workspace, the desktop picture appeared to them after logging in to seem like a typical Windows 10 desktop. They had a comfortable user interface and a smooth computing experience.

How Would Amazon WorkSpaces Be Billed to Me?

For individuals who want 24/7 access and those who have employees on a predetermined schedule, AWS WorkSpaces offers two payment options.

For businesses that often run batch files, processes, and data analysis, 24/7 charging makes sense. These businesses will pay an ongoing charge.

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However, there is no requirement for WorkSpaces to be accessible around-the-clock in businesses where employees maintain a regular 9 to 5 schedule. Instead, they can use an hourly charging model that enables them to set a timer and effectively put the machine into hibernation for whatever length they need. When the system is sleeping, they aren’t paying for anything. The system wakes up and restarts within minutes of a user logging in, often with all apps in the same condition as when they were last closed.

Connecting employees securely, safely, and with reasonable simplicity is crucial when remote work is fast becoming the rule rather than the exception. It can be challenging for businesses with on-premise infrastructures to swiftly transition from an office-based model to a work-from-anywhere one.

Our financial services client employees, among others, can return to work as soon as possible, safely and remotely, thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces.

Check the previous blogs in our AWS 101 series if you want to make sure you grasp all Amazon Web Services offers.