Get Remote Teams Up to Speed Fast with AWS

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Apr 15, 2020

As COVID-19 quarantine orders came into effect, many companies were not ready for sudden full-team remote work. Amazon Web Services offers the quickest way to get everyone online and on task.

Most organizations have been supporting a few remote workers at any given time for years, but very few of them, especially small- and medium-sized businesses, were prepared to support a workforce that was almost entirely away from the office. When COVID-19 and the resulting stay-at-home orders meant whole companies had to shift to working from home practically overnight, that lack of preparation led to corporate paralysis.

For any company dealing with the growing pains of supporting a large work-from-home staff, AWS AppStream and WorkSpaces makes remote-work enablement faster and easier.

Staff working in quarantine need access to the mission-critical apps they depend on every day

It’s assumed that if one’s primary work tool is a computer; one can work anywhere. But what about the many staffers who have desktop workstations? Sure, the overwhelming majority of them have computers at home, but how do you extend secure access to on-site software and secure data via personal computers that were never meant to join your business network?

Then there are employees who have work laptops. One would think they would be good to go, correct? But many companies are used to supporting maybe five or ten remote workers at a time. They use a virtual private network (VPN) to gain access to servers and the secure data they hold. What happens when 100 employees in their pajamas try to use your VPN at the same time?

AWS AppStream and WorkSpaces are the quickest ways to support your team from any location

AppStream from Amazon Web Services is by far the quickest way to get a suddenly large remote workforce access to the tools they need to get work done. AppStream is a fully managed, pay-as-you-go, application streaming service. It allows organizations to centrally manage desktop applications and deliver them securely to any computer. It’s instantly scalable to any number of users with broadband internet access, wherever they may be, without a need to invest in or manage any hardware or infrastructure of any kind.

WorkSpaces allows companies to take this access to another level, by offering a complete desktop-as-a-service (DaaS). Where AppStream enables workers to access individual applications through a browser, WorkSpaces provides a complete, virtual Windows workstation. The desktop is hosted on AWS but managed remotely by your IT staff like any other office PC. This is the better option for employees who need access to more than just a few apps, such as databases, documents or networks that would normally require secure on-site or VPN access.

In short, AppStream is perfect for enabling workers who need minimal network access or already do most of their work via apps (such as virtual call centers). WorkSpaces is better for employees who rely on your full network’s resources and capabilities.

Support remote staff at home regardless of the hardware they have available

AppStream and WorkSpaces allow access to desktop applications through HTML5-compatible browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge. PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPads, and Android Tablets — any device that can run these browsers can access your applications securely.

No one working from home should have to work with one hand metaphorically tied behind their back. With AWS remote-work solutions, nobody has to.

There is no faster way to migrate crucial applications to the cloud quickly

Speed and security are what it comes down to. Weeks into the most sweeping global quarantine in history, many companies are still scrambling to support their now dispersed staffs. Many workers are digitally isolated without access to needed applications and data. Some of the more fortunate are merely dealing with inadequate access to the software and databases they need.

AWS provides companies with the quickest way to get a secure, world-class cloud infrastructure up and running in as little time as possible, with no upfront investment.

Get started with AWS AppStream or WorkSpaces today and lift your applications into the cloud in record time

Companies around the world depend on AppStream and WorkSpaces to field some of their most essential software and proprietary data. Are your work-from-home staff having to make do without the software tools they depend on? Do they have to deal with cobbled-together support arrangements and partial connectivity to vital programs and data? With AWS, there is no reason for them to be held back by inadequate tools any longer.

Start now with no up-front costs and pay-as-you-go convenience. Learn more by getting in touch with CloudHesive at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form.

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