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AWS WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces, a desktop virtualization solution for Windows and Linux that is completely managed and enables you to access resources from any supported device. Access to persistent desktops from any place is made secure, reliable, and scalable.

How it Works

 

Use Cases

  • Temporary staff on board.

Contractor PCs may be assigned and removed with ease, and your critical data is kept safe in the cloud.

  • Remote work must be facilitated.

Workers working from home or remotely can access fully functional Windows and Linux desktops from any place by using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

  • Run high-performance desktops.

Provide developers and engineers with high-performance desktops on which they can store and access confidential models, designs, and code.

  • Allow contact centre agents to work from any location.

With a safe, easy-to-use agent experience, you can empower your contact centre agents to work from anywhere.

 

Features:

 

Functionality

Amazon WorkSpaces is a simple and cost-effective method to provide your end users with a secure, managed, cloud-based virtual desktop environment. It is not necessary to worry about sourcing, implementing, and administering a complicated environment with Amazon WorkSpaces, as the service takes care of all of the heavy lifting and delivers a fully managed service. When you utilize Amazon WorkSpaces, you can provide your users with a high-quality portable desktop and applications that can be accessed from any device of their choosing.

Either maintaining traditional desktops or an on-premises solution for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) requires a considerable capital commitment and is tough to implement and manage, regardless of which strategy you choose. A cloud-based virtual desktop environment eliminates the need for up-front investment and continuous management of infrastructure, allowing you to provide your users with a safe and widely available desktop experience in a simple and cost-effective manner. Cloud-based virtual desktop services from Amazon WorkSpaces include compute, persistent solid-state storage (SSD), and applications, all for a modest per-minute price that may be paid on demand. Users benefit from a better user experience and more functionality than they would receive from a standard PC, and administrators benefit from an easier approach to provision desktops for users at a fraction of the expense of an on-premises VDI system.

 

Streaming protocols

Amazon WorkSpaces makes use of streaming protocols in order to give users with a safe and high-quality environment. In order to pick compression and decompression methods (codecs) that encode a representation of the user’s desktop and send it as a pixel stream to the user’s device, these protocols examine the hosted desktop, the network, and the user’s device. Teradici’s PCoIP streaming protocol is built into Amazon WorkSpaces by default, and you may now experiment with the new Amazon WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (AWSP) (WSP).

 

Amazon WorkSpaces Bundles 

Choose from a variety of Amazon WorkSpaces packages that include a variety of hardware and software options, then launch the number of WorkSpaces that you require to get started on your project. When WorkSpaces are provided, users receive an email with information on how to connect to their WorkSpace, as well as where to download the WorkSpaces client applications they require. Access to the WorkSpace is available on computers running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (Ubuntu), Chromebook, iPads, Fire tablets, Android tablets, and web browsers that are compatible with WorkSpace. Your users’ programs and data are persistent, allowing them to effortlessly switch between devices without losing their work in the process.

If you have an Active Directory environment in place, you can use Amazon WorkSpaces to build a separate directory for users, or you can connect it with your Active Directory environment so that your users can access corporate resources using their current credentials. An Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or AWS Direct Connect secure hardware VPN connection is used for this integration. To keep complete administrative control, you can use the same tools you use to administer your on-premises workstations to manage your WorkSpaces. 

There are two options when it comes to using Amazon WorkSpaces: you can either set up an independent directory for users, or you can integrate with Active Directory so that your users may use their current credentials to gain access. Using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or AWS Direct Connect, this integration establishes a safe hardware VPN connection to your on-premises network. For complete administrative control over your WorkSpaces, you can utilize the same desktop management tools you already have on-premises.

Use the Value Plus, Standard Plus, Performance Plus, Power Plus, PowerPro Plus, Graphics Plus or GraphicsPro Plus bundles to get Microsoft Office, Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services and a utilities package pre-installed on WorkSpaces when they are first launched. A custom image of one of your WorkSpaces can also be created to generate your own installed package of applications for you.

Own Licenses

Bring your existing Windows 10 Desktop licenses to Amazon WorkSpaces and run them on dedicated hardware. WorkSpaces with existing Windows licenses save up to 16% ($4 per month per WorkSpace) over WorkSpaces with new Windows licenses. To be eligible, your company must meet Microsoft licensing criteria and agree to hosting at least 200 Amazon WorkSpaces per month in a given AWS region.

Affordability

Setup for Amazon WorkSpace is straightforward. To launch one or more Amazon WorkSpaces, just select the packages that best fit your users’ needs and the number of Amazon WorkSpaces you wish to launch. Once your Amazon WorkSpaces are provisioned, users will receive an email with information on how to connect to their Amazon WorkSpace. You can effortlessly delete Amazon WorkSpaces that you no longer require.

Encrypted

Amazon WorkSpaces provides a high-quality desktop experience that helps you meet HIPAA and PCI compliance requirements. WorkSpaces prevents data from being transferred to or stored on end-user devices. WorkSpaces uses the PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remote display protocol to deliver a familiar desktop experience while data remains in the AWS cloud or on-premises. WorkSpaces allows you to control client device access by IP address, client device type, or digital certificates. You can handle iOS, Android, Chrome OS, zero clients, and W

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Integration of AD and RADIUS

Use your on-premises Microsoft Active Directory to manage WorkSpaces and end-user credentials. By integrating with your on-premises Active Directory, you can leverage your current RADIUS server to provide multi-factor authentication, apply Group Policies to your WorkSpaces, and deliver applications to them (MFA). Establishing a safe trust relationship between your on-premises Active Directory and your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) domain controller is one option, while using the AWS Directory Service Active Directory Connector is another.

Residual memory

Each user has access to variable quantities of persistent storage (SSD Volumes) in the AWS cloud, depending on the bundle chosen. Data stored on the WorkSpace’s ‘user volume’ is regularly backed up to Amazon S3. Amazon S3 provides 99.999999999 percent object durability, allowing you to rest easy about your consumers’ data.

For Amazon WorkSpaces users, click here. A mounted disc attached to a WorkSpace allows users to view all of their content stored on Amazon WorkDocs on-demand. Right-clicking in Windows File Explorer copies a shareable link, locks or unlocks files in the web client. Syncing content from Amazon WorkDocs Drive to Amazon WorkDocs over an encrypted connection is automatic. All data synchronized to Amazon WorkDocs is encrypted.

Mobile and web access

The Amazon WorkSpaces client application is available for Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iPad, Fire tablets, and Android tablets. Amazon WorkSpaces are also accessible via web browser. When an Amazon WorkSpace is created, users receive an email with instructions on how to connect to their Amazon WorkSpace. It is possible to use Amazon WorkSpaces on a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook. The iPad, Fire, and Android tablet client programs provide a tablet-optimized desktop experience. Users may scroll and zoom using multi-touch gestures to expose or hide an on-screen keyboard. A thumb swipe from the left of the screen brings up a slide-out radial control with a number of instructions. A Fire or Android tablet can be used as a laptop by connecting a keyboard or touch pad. Users can access their Amazon WorkSpaces from any network using a supported web browser without first downloading a client application.

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Pricing

 

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop virtualization solution that allows you to securely access data and apps from any device that is supported by Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon WorkSpaces gives you the option to pay for monthly or hourly usage, which is billed on a monthly basis. Employees who use their Amazon WorkSpace full time or as their primary workstation benefit from monthly billing because they pay a fixed monthly charge for unlimited usage throughout the month.

For each WorkSpace that is utilized during the month, you pay a tiny fixed monthly price to cover infrastructure and storage costs, plus a low hourly rate for each hour that the WorkSpace is used during the month. It is most effective when Amazon WorkSpaces are used for less than a full working day or for only a few days per month on average, making it ideal for part-time workers, job sharing, road warriors, short-term projects, corporate training, and education. Amazon WorkSpaces are available in a variety of configurations.

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Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer 

Using the Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer, you can keep track of how much time you spend in your Amazon WorkSpaces and optimize costs to help you deal with unpredictable WorkSpace usage patterns. The Cost Optimizer analyses all of your WorkSpace usage data and converts the WorkSpace to the most cost-effective billing option for you (hourly or monthly).

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