reference deployment

Visual Effects Workstations on AWS

Deploy a cloud environment for VFX workstations with G3 instances and Teradici software

This Quick Start deploys a highly available environment for Microsoft Windows-based, visual effects (VFX) workstations on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

The deployment uses G3 GPU instances, which are designed for graphics-intensive workloads. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides highly durable, secure, and scalable storage for VFX content. Teradici's PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology and Teradici Cloud Access Software enable a powerful remote desktop experience, and you can set up AWS Direct Connect for low-latency network connections back to your studio.

This reference architecture is automated by AWS CloudFormation templates that deploy the environment on AWS in about 30 minutes. You can customize the templates to meet your specific requirements. After you deploy the Quick Start, you can install your preferred software tools.  


This Quick Start was developed by Teradici in collaboration with AWS. Teradici is an
APN Partner.

  •  What you'll build
  • This Quick Start sets up the following environment on AWS:

    • A highly available architecture that spans two Availability Zones.*
    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS. You have complete control over your virtual networking environment, including selection of your own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.*
    • An internet gateway to allow access to the internet.*
    • In the public subnets, managed network address translation (NAT) gateways that allow outbound internet access to resources in the private subnets, but that prevent the internet from accessing those instances.*
    • In the public subnets, one or more Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) instances in an Auto Scaling group, to provide readily available administrative access to the environment and secure access to Microsoft Windows instances located in the private and public subnets. The RD Gateway instances use the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over HTTPS to establish a secure, encrypted connection between remote users on the internet and Windows-based EC2 instances, without needing to configure a virtual private network (VPN) connection. This helps reduce the attack surface on your Windows-based instances and provides a remote administration solution for administrators.*
    • In the public subnets, one or more VFX host instances in an Auto Scaling group. Users will install Autodesk Maya, Nuke, and other VFX software on these instances to do their daily work.
    • In the private subnets, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, Enterprise Edition (AWS Managed Microsoft AD), which provides most of the features offered by Microsoft Active Directory plus integration with AWS applications. This service is used to manage user accounts and to allow computers to join domains.*
    • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles so that AWS resources created through the Quick Start can access other AWS resources when required. These IAM roles enable access to data in Amazon S3.

    *  The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the tasks marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To build your VFX workstation environment on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at
    2. Obtain a Teradici Cloud Access Software license.
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Each deployment takes about 30 minutes to complete. You can choose from two options:
    4. Install the Teradici Software Client and test the deployment.

    The Quick Start includes parameters that you can customize to best meet your business, IT, and security requirements.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on the Quick Start.  

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.  

    The AWS CloudFormation templates for this Quick Start include configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, will affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using. Prices are subject to change.

    To contact Teradici Sales with any questions or to purchase Cloud Access Software licenses, go to Alternatively, you can buy licenses directly from the Teradici e-store. For more information about the plans and pricing, see the Teradici website.