Enable Your Remote Workforce and Ensure Business Continuity with Amazon Workspaces

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Like everyone around the world, AllCloud has been following the recent market demand changes closely, and listening to the responses from our customers. We have had multiple customers contact us over the past few weeks about setting up remote working capabilities for them. Having a solution in place to ensure business can continue to operate as usual is key to staying afloat during these challenging times.

The cloud technology behind the remote working solution 

For starters, it’s essential to understand the technology behind the remote working solution. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, AllCloud offers a secure cloud desktop solution based on Amazon Workspaces, which is a VDI or Desktop-as-a-Service. These Workspaces are stored on AWS within your own private network, also known as a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). They are completely disconnected from the internet, however, they are connected to your existing infrastructure through an IPSec tunnel which AllCloud takes care of setting up for you. 

The solution allows you to deploy as many cloud desktop instances needed, these instances become members of your Active Directory domain which means you will be able to access all your on-premise resources securely via the cloud from the comfort of your home. Amazon Workspaces also gives you the flexibility of choosing which software applications get installed on the cloud desktops.

The main benefits and frequently asked questions – answered.

For companies looking to get their workforce connected quickly and have no readily available cloud solution, there are some key advantages to using cloud desktops. First and foremost, your data is fully isolated and protected. The terminal client, either your home computer or tablet never has direct access to the data on the Cloud, the client can only preview and interact with the information, this will ensure that your remote workers never breach your organization’s security policy. 

Second, you only pay for the instances you need and use, with the freedom to delete them at any time you would like. The solution provides on-demand access to cloud desktops that include a range of compute, memory, and storage resources to meet your employees’ performance demands.

With this situation being new to all of us, many of our customers have been asking some very important questions. We have compiled this FAQ to help you make your business continuity decisions.  

1. What kind of costs can I expect when setting up Amazon Workspaces?

You will be charged the AWS public listed price; you will need to pay for a VPN connection and each cloud desktop instance will cost $33/Month for a standard instance of 2 cores and 4 GB RAM.

2. How quickly can the solution be available?

The setup can be activated within a few hours and you should be up and running nearly immediately afterwards.

3. What if my workforce has issues connecting, is there support?

AllCloud provides 24/7 support to ensure your workforce is focused on your business while we take care of your cloud infrastructure.

4. Can I terminate the remote desktop environment at any time?

Yes, there are no commitments, you have the freedom to terminate the cloud desktops at any time without penalty.

5. If most or all of my infrastructure is not on the cloud, can I still set up this solution?

The cloud desktop solution is based on a hybrid setup, the instances are deployed on the cloud and connected to your on-premise infrastructure via a VPN. It is absolutely fine that you have not used the cloud until now and the solution does not require you to move anything to the cloud.

So it is really that simple. The secure remote cloud desktops will keep your workforce connected, and allow your business to continue to provide excellent, uninterrupted service from anywhere around the globe. Contact us to set up Amazon Workspaces for you today!

Lahav Savir

Founder and CTO, Cloud Platforms

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