Why AWS is Better: 5 No-brainer Use Cases for WorkSpaces

It's hard enough getting old without also feeling like you're getting left behind.

Luke was doing everything he could to stay on top of the zeitgeist; from podcasts to cultural events, the latest music and thrice weekly gym sessions. But he couldn't help worrying that he was falling behind in the one place it mattered most....at work.

His old college roommate Charles had been telling him about how his firm was thriving since they moved onto Amazon WorkSpaces, but Luke wasn't sure if it was for him. He had finally launched the startup that he had been dreaming about for years, but it wasn't going as well as he had hoped. 

It seemed to him that his competitors were getting faster, smarter and better results while he was stuck with the kinds of tools that meant it took longer and longer to get things done.  

Finally, in desperation, he took Charles' advice and began reading a Guide to Amazon WorkSpaces.
He made notes about the various kinds of business activities that really benefit from using a secure, easy-to-manage, Linux or Windows desktop environment with pay-as-you-go pricing and the ability to scale globally in a matter of days.

Luke quickly filled up several pages of his notebook. He was finding all sorts of use cases for WorkSpaces that were directly applicable to his situation at work:

  • Contractors and other short-term employees: They need secure access to data while they are on the job, but that access needs to be revoked when their engagement wraps up. With WorkSpaces, Luke could simply delete their WorkSpace when they were done. 
  • Designers who were crafting the user experience for his applications: He wouldn't have to buy them expensive graphics workstations. Instead he could instead put them GPU-optimized WorkSpaces quickly and easily. 
  • Remote workers: He had been worried that the laptops his remote staff were using had all sorts of security and malware threats on them. Now with WorkSpaces, he wouldn't have to grant admin rights to his remote users.
  • Accounting & Finance Departments: He had been having nightmares about the company's sensitive financial records leaving the security of their AWS environment.. WorkSpaces would allow him to keep their financial data secure in the cloud.
  • The remote office in Malaysia: He needed that satellite office to work smoothly and efficiently but so far, it had been anything but. Accessing applications across the network had been slow and users were getting frustrated. That's not to mention finding qualified IT people in Malaysia to help users troubleshoot their random laptop issues.  Thanks to Amazon's global footprint and size, he could spin up WorkSpaces from a nearby region in a matter of minutes.  WorkSpaces would allow them to have multiple hi-res displays, fluid video and audio playback, and crazy low latency for accessing their cloud-hosted applications. 

Luke kicked himself for taking so long to check it out. This was exactly what his new business needed and the price of setting it up was unbeatable when compared to buying and managing his own desktop infrastructure.  Suddenly he didn't feel so old!

For more information on using Amazon WorkSpaces, check out Privo's comprehensive Guide to Amazon WorkSpaces.

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About the Author

Nick Underwood

Nick Underwood has over 15 years of experience supporting IT infrastructures for businesses across a broad range of industries.


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