Customer Use Cases
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what Autodesk customers are doing with Autodesk software.
Autodesk University is a series of conferences where thousands of professionals from the architecture, design, manufacturing, and media industries meet for learning and skills development through classes, workshops, presentations, and interactive galleries. Autodesk uses Amazon WorkSpaces to run on-site training labs at its Autodesk University events. Instead of renting physical hardware, Autodesk uses Amazon WorkSpaces to host its virtual workstations on low-cost zero clients, improving setup efficiency, reducing its carbon footprint, and saving money.
Melbourne Business School
Melbourne Business School (MBS) is the graduate business school of the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The Master of Business Analytics course is ranked #5 in the world, and provides students with skills and knowledge to become data scientists who can transform the way decisions are made in business.
“Delivering our Masters of Business Analytics content using Amazon WorkSpaces for our students dramatically improved performance. Before, the environment was slow due to an aging infrastructure and incompatible software on devices. Over three years, we’ve had consistent uptime of 99.89%. Now, delivery of SAS within the course is as smooth as smooth can be.”
Professor Ujwal Kayande, Director of the Centre for Business Analytics & Associate Dean - Melbourne Business School
James Cook University
The Singapore campus of James Cook University offers a suite of university-level programs covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Accounting, Arts, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism, and Hospitality.
“We needed things like speed, security, and scalability. With AWS, we were able to provide students all of this in a consistent, reliable manner. Services have greatly improved and we can now guarantee quicker roll-out, consistent performance, and, at the same time, have the flexibility to access lab content from anywhere,” said Vijay. “By taking advantage of hourly billing, there was also better visibility of spend, as we paid only for what we used.”
Vijay Vikram Shreenivos, Senior Manager of Information & Communications Technology - James Cook University
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private research school that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs from its eight colleges and schools including business, engineering, law, arts and sciences, dentistry, social work, nursing, and medicine.
“Historically, managing scientific workloads and applications on Linux platforms has been a huge challenge for us. Supporting the wide range of Linux desktop configurations our students run adds a layer of complexity, because they’re hard to set-up and time-consuming to manage. With Amazon Linux WorkSpaces, we can focus on providing our students with the powerful tooling they need for their next research and development project, rather than focusing on how to get Linux to work on their workstations.”
Jeffrey Gumpf, Chief IT Architect - Case Western Reserve University
Yamaha Motor Company is best known for its extensive line of motorcycles, but the company also makes scooters, ATVs, outboard engines, motorized bicycles, golf carts, snowmobiles, and other multi-purpose engines.
“With Amazon WorkSpaces, we no longer need to worry about the inevitable virtual desktop infrastructure refresh cycle because our desktops run securely on the AWS cloud. Performance and stability is better than before, and we were able to introduce the solution quickly. Best of all, Amazon WorkSpaces did not require any upfront investment, and we pay only for what we use. We are now working to retire our on-premises VDI solution entirely.”
Harako Taku, Senior Supervisor IT Technology Strategy Group, Process & IT Division, Corporate Planning & Finance Center - Yamaha Motor Company
Endemol Shine Nederland
Endemol Shine Nederland is a world leading creator, producer, and distributor of multiplatform entertainment with a portfolio that includes American Idol, Big Brother, MasterChef, Man vs. Food, The Biggest Loser, and Wipeout.
“With Amazon WorkSpaces, we can provide new workers with a Windows desktop and the applications they need within hours instead of days. Amazon WorkSpaces makes it easy for workers to use their preferred device and for Endemol Shine Nederland to maintain our security requirements. Because Amazon WorkSpaces is cost effective and requires no upfront payment, we have been able to save 30 percent of our desktop operations costs and 70 percent on capital expenditure.”
Leon Backbier, IT Manager - Endemol Shine Nederland
Corte dei Conti
Corte dei Conti (CDC), or the Court of Auditors, is responsible for auditing and overseeing the accounts and budgets of all public institutions in Italy.
Corte dei conti (Cdc), or the Court of Auditors, is responsible for auditing and overseeing the accounts and budgets of all public institutions in Italy. Cdc wanted to move away from time-consuming management of physical IT, and change the way their 3,000-plus employees work, enabling them to access applications from anywhere, on any device, while ensuring that the safety of data was not jeopardized. To implement this program, Cdc turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AWS Advanced Consulting Partner XPeppers to adopt a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution based on Amazon WorkSpaces. The solution allows Cdc to meet Italian government security and compliance regulations, improve productivity, speed up decision making, and manage costs. You can learn more by reading the full case study.
CMC Property Services
CMC Property Services provides commercial property services across Australia and New Zealand, serving customers in the commercial, government and education sectors.
“Amazon WorkSpaces allows us to quickly add new office locations and facilities support staff, which are required to successfully grow our business. In the past, opening a new office required a significant IT capex investment and took three to six months of planning. With Amazon WorkSpaces, we are able to save money on capex, and we can open a new location in days. Amazon Web Services has helped us accelerate the pace of growth for our business.”
Elly Krommidas, Managing Director - CMC Property Services
ISSI Corp. is a subsidiary of Philippine-based Standard Insurance, providing outsourcing services to US insurance companies.
ISSI migrated from physical desktops to Amazon Workspaces as its primary virtual desktop solution. These virtual desktops are linked to its clients’ insurance systems via a secure connection to US insurance data centers. By adopting Amazon Workspaces, it has reduced desktop maintenance to minutes instead of hours, and now it takes 20 minutes on average to provision a new workspace. As a business process outsourcing company, ISSI Corp. has simplified its IT needs by using Amazon Workspaces in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), essentially lowering its CAPEX requirements by 25 percent in a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Running Amazon Workspaces has also given ISSI Corp. an added benefit: it meets Business Continuity Program-readiness as its workforce can easily log into their Amazon Workspaces and serve customers from their other offices.
Worldwide Express (WWEX) turns the complex world of shipping logistics into simple and easy-to-understand solutions. As the largest non-retail UPS Authorized Reseller in the country, 90,000+ businesses of all sizes trust their shipping needs to WWEX and its sister company, Unishippers. WWEX and Unishippers use Amazon WorkSpaces for several workloads, including ERP access, developer environments, and as bastion hosts.
"Over the last year we have been building on AWS which has improved our flexibility, scalability, and reliability. However, we needed a way to increase security for production workloads — as one measure to further limit administrative access, we chose to employ hardened bastion hosts. While working in our own data centers, we would normally rely on a single server running Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). This model changed when we moved to AWS as we could move towards a dynamic desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution. Amazon WorkSpaces offered several benefits over a traditional monolithic model.
To start, pay-as-you-go pricing. Purchasing large windows servers to support dozens of RDP sessions would have been too expensive to run constantly when our staff aren't always logged in. And, because Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed service, it handles many of the cumbersome processes associated with Windows servers and RDP. We can start and shut down WorkSpaces in a single click, re-provision a WorkSpace to a known good bundle at any time, and multi-factor authentication worked out of the box. All of this lowers the attack surface for our administrative bastion hosts and expedites maintenance schedules."
Jason Miller, Cloud Architect - Worldwide Express
Origlio Beverages is a wholesale beverage distributor dedicated to providing its customers with superior products, customer service and professionalism.
“With Windows 7 approaching end of life and our aging end-user equipment, we needed a solution. Amazon Workspaces allowed us to replace our entire fleet of laptops and desktops in a matter of weeks. Privo and AWS helped us reduce our onboarding time by 90% and our overall operational costs by 30%. Not only are we seeing cost savings, our security profile has never been better. Encrypted, Scalable and Easily Managed. None of this was as straightforward and achievable until we moved to Amazon Workspaces.”
- Dan Mawn, Director of Information Technology at Origlio
GrayHair Software is an industry leader in postal solutions and compliance support. Trusted by global financial institutions, insurance companies, retailers and others. Our core competencies are in tracking, address hygiene and digital integration. We support campaign visibility and connect companies to their data and customers.
Grayhair Software Inc. transitioned to AWS to take the company to the next technological level. Amazon WorkSpaces let Grayhair Software Inc. quickly move from on-premises VDI to cloud desktops with no hardware to manage and cost-effective pricing. WorkSpaces allows them to comply with high security standards and provided an easy to use, manage, and deploy solution.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia’s (UVA) McIntire School of Commerce turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide flexible, cost-efficient, virtual desktops to its students. The McIntire School of Commerce uses Amazon WorkSpaces to provide computer resources and virtual desktops for students on and off campus. WorkSpaces allows the university to scale resources with changing enrollment demands with a pay-as-you-go pricing structure. The McIntire School of Commerce offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and certification level with 1100 students and 175 faculty and staff members. Its main campus is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
CAMPUS Construction Management
Campus Construction Management Group Inc. is a premier construction management firm. The firm provides a wide range of services and specializes in construction management for educational facilities throughout New York state.
We partnered with Innovate Solutions to migrate to Amazon WorkSpaces from our legacy VDI solution. With WorkSpaces, our employees can access the desktops they need from any location even with poor network bandwidth. And we reduced our total cost of ownership by 30% because we no longer operate VDI.
Planalytics, Inc. is a global leader in Business Weather Intelligence®, delivering comprehensive weather analytics available to help organizations make stronger business decisions. Through advanced weather analysis technologies, planning and optimization solutions and industry-specific expertise, Planalytics helps companies accurately assess and measure weather-driven impacts and effectively manage the never-ending variability of climate.
“Planalytics began using Amazon Workspaces in 2016. The business objective for this effort was to enable the use of our existing Windows-based tools in an isolated sandboxed environment to perform data cleansing and preparation. Our technical objectives were to have a light-weight, easily automated Windows environment with minimal administrative overhead. Amazon Workspaces provided this with a much lower total cost of ownership and enabled easy, on-demand scaling for times when our staff needed to run multiple concurrent data analysis workloads.”
– Derron Simon, Chief Operating Officer, Planalytics
API Systems is an IT solutions company that improves productivity and profitability for business customers by planning, designing, developing, implementing and managing technology solutions.
AHEAD helps enterprise customers simplify IT through innovation by leveraging its Cloud Delivery Platform and Innovation Framework.
CloudHesive is a cloud solutions consulting and managed services provider with a focus on security, reliability, availability and scalability. CloudHesive services help companies reduce their operating costs and increase productivity while improving their cloud security posture by deploying their mission critical workloads onto the CloudHesive Fabric.
We assist our clients by providing them with a fit for purpose Cloud experience. Our approach is a completely collaborative one, which recognizes each client's unique requirements and challenges. We provide a customized Cloud strategy, formulate an outcomes-focused Cloud migration roadmap, and offer support to our clients every step of the way.
Nuvens is a London based IT consultancy practice helping clients maximise their investment in the public cloud. As consultants, we have managed DEC servers, survived the millennium bug, created and supported private clouds and are now building the future in AWS. We specialise in delivering Amazon WorkSpaces into the finance and services industries.
Olikka is a first-class System Integrator and Tech Services provider serving medium to large corporates, government and global enterprises. We help our customers to transform their business systems and infrastructure through a mix of smart design, cloud integration and artificial intelligence. We deliver great solutions with an awesome user experience.
Privo is a rare AWS consulting firm with offices in Boston, Northern California, and Maine. We help clients architect, migrate, monitor, manage, secure, and optimize their AWS workloads, so they can focus on innovation. What makes us unique is our small-team consulting approach. We serve a broad range of industries including life sciences, financial services, and more.
RedNight Consulting is specialized on cloud migrations for SMBs that are tailored to each company’s individual requirements. Through our comprehensive process of auditing, diagnosing, planning and executing cloud needs at every level, we can approach solutions anywhere from service selection, migration support, cloud implementation to ongoing cloud management and beyond.
Serverworks has been certified as APN Premier Consulting Partner for 4 years and has supported more than 3900 projects (Jan. 2018) . Capabilities include, technical feasibility assessment, migration to AWS, and MSP service, includes 24 x 7 Monitoring & support. Also provides Cloud Automator, a Saas Solution, which enables customers to manage AWS services in a most cost effective manner.
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