How WorkSpaces Help SMBs Go Serverless?
While some enterprises and startups have been leveraging virtual desktop infrastructure VDI for over a decade. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are slowly catching up. With a lack of resources to implement on-premises VDI solutions, SMBs do not have the financial resources for upfront investments and maintenance of back-end hardware infrastructure and software.
This is where Amazon WorkSpaces comes in.
1/ How Does Amazon WorkSpaces Works?
Amazon WorkSpaces is a full-desktop service in the AWS cloud. It is easy to implement and allows you to provision virtual desktops for an unlimited number of users. AWS handles patching and management of the desktop environment and has a cost-effective pay-as-you-go model which can be billed hourly or monthly.
Amazon WorkSpaces not only offers scalability but also comes with mandatory Microsoft Active Directory included into WorkSpaces cost. Each Amazon WorkSpaces user also gets 50 GB Amazon WorkDocs 50GB subscription. Amazon WorkDocs is a fully managed, secure content creation, storage, and collaboration service. And with WorkDocs, you can easily create, edit, and share content anywhere on any device.
Because Amazon WorkSpaces is an AWS service, it is setup in a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and can integrate network security with inbound and outbound security rules. If the business wants to deploy services in EC2, this allows the applications on Amazon WorkSpaces to easily connect to the servers like in a local network.
2/ The Benefits Of Amazon WorkSpaces
Easily manage desktop deployment centrally for all users in the building or on the other side of the planet
WorkSpaces are available across 12 AWS regions and can provide high-performance cloud workstations anywhere teams need access. Also, if a company suddenly needs more WorkSpaces, it’s easy to add as many as needed.
Choice of end user device
Amazon WorkSpaces supports a multiplicity of devices. Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire and Android tablets, and Chrome or Firefox web browsers.
Make sure data is secure, no matter where it’s accessed from
Since no data is stored on the local device, and all data flows through enterprise-level encryption independent of the network access point. Sensitive information is safe, even if it’s being accessed from the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks or from an airport as it is from behind the company firewall.
Easy reconfiguration of resources
WorkSpaces can be dynamically modified with additional power or capacity as the use case demands.
Easy VDI for SMBs
With Amazon WorkSpaces, it is easier to administer desktops than ever before. When it comes to provisioning, deploying, maintaining, and recycling, there’s less hardware inventory to keep track of.
Ease of Deployment and Application Management
The initial setup deploying applications and migrating data may take some configuration time. But once you establish it, it’s simple. Amazon WorkSpaces provides a fast and secure way for you to package and deploy updates to your organization’s desktop applications.
Integrates with AWS monitoring services
CloudWatch monitoring integrates with Amazon WorkSpaces. And makes it easy to monitor systems for performance issues.
Amazon WorkSpaces definitely opens the door for SMBs to reap the many benefits of VDI without upfront investment in hardware and software infrastructure. It can even help a small business go completely serverless without compromising on productivity and security.
3/ How AWS Can Help SMBs?
With AWS managed services like Managed AD, Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon WorkDocs, RDS and also EC2, SMBs are no longer required to manage servers on-premises. AWS can now manage servers for organizations, empowering SMBs to go completely serverless.
Because these services integrate with each other seamlessly, it makes it even easier to transition to the cloud. At now, the majority of SMBs have IT infrastructure that consists of Microsoft AD, email servers, client-server applications, database servers, some sort of file share infrastructure. Leveraging AWS, you can replace all of these workloads along integrated monitoring using AWS Cloudwatch and auditability with AWS Config and AWS Cloudtrail.
AWS managed AD can help replace the inhouse domain controllers with a highly reliable AD service provided and managed by AWS. Additionally, by leveraging AWS, you have the ability to replace in-house file shares and servers with services like WorkDocs, S3, EFS, and Amazon FSx for Lustre. Amazon WorkSpaces can enable SMBs to run their applications while running the application servers on EC2 and AWS RDS.
The time has never been better for SMB companies to be able to scale their business effortlessly and efficiently, and innovate seamlessly at low cost.
How WorkSpaces Help SMBs Go Serverless?