Virtual Desktop

Work at home. The bursty nature of modern work environments. Rapid changes in applications and the underlying computer technology needed to support them. The evolution of work going forward will require more flexibility, scalability, and adaptability than ever before. The 40-year model of regularly spending CapEx on personal computing upgrades for employee populations is falling behind the needs of current and future business models. It’s time to take a closer look at cloud-based virtual desktop technology and how it can answer the modern realities of business.

Amazon Nimble Studio

Amazon Nimble Studio enables companies to quickly set up and run their own content creation studios entirely in the cloud. Creative studios leveraging Nimble Studio can quickly, and easily onboard artists located across the world to produce high-quality interactive content, visual effects, and 2D/3D animations.

Benefits of Nimble Studio: 


Rapid Deployment

Scalable

Ideal for Remote Work

Simple & Straightforward Pricing

Enhanced Collaboration

Secure

Rapid Deployment

Get your content creation pipelines up and running within hours. Nimble Studio’s automation capabilities along with its pre-built Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) help accelerate the process of setting up virtual workstations, storage, and render farms.

Scalability

Nimble Studio automatically configures and deploys AWS services to ensure that they match your ever-evolving business requirements. Rapidly add new artists to projects and execute new creative strategies without having to worry about provisioning more workstations or storage.

Remote Work Friendly

Onboard artists located remotely within minutes and also provide them with access to the latest software and hardware technologies.

Simple & Straightforward Pricing

A simple and straightforward by-the-hour pricing structure that includes, without extra charges, all the underlying virtual workstation elements such as AWS EC2 and Elastic Block Store (EBS), as well as egress charges from pixel streaming the remote video display stream.

Enhanced Collaboration Between Artists

Nimble Studio simplifies the process of adding new users, granting permissions, and sharing data between artists.

Secure

Build your creative studio on the globally-trusted and secure Amazon Web Services infrastructure.

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AWS Thinkbox Deadline


Deadline is a hybrid administration and compute management solution offered by AWS that is used to manage render farms with physical and virtual machines running both on-premises and on AWS. Often employed in the M&E (Media & Entertainment) and AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industries, Deadline can be used to set up hybrid render farms of on-premises and cloud nodes or farms that run entirely on the AWS cloud.

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Amazon Workspaces

Amazon Web Service’s DaaS solution, Amazon Workspaces, can be used to rapidly give employees anywhere access to a virtual desktop through a simple web browser interface. It follows AWS’ pay-as-you-go pricing structure – you only pay for the Workspaces you launch – either on an hourly or monthly basis. Like other DaaS solutions, Workspaces assists in reducing the management of hardware, OS, and VDI. 

Benefits: 

Simplify desktop delivery, in an instant 

  • Use Workspaces to help manage and deploy desktops to your users
  • No inventory besides laptops, desktops, or even Chromebooks with a local web browser to manage

Reduce costs 

  • Provides on-demand access to cloud desktops with all of the resources at hand in AWS, leaving no need to overspend on over-provisioned on-premise resources
  • Replace CapEx spending with an OpEx model to more accurately align with business goals, facilitate reporting, and provide for deterministic cost allocation
  • Provide access to the most modern compute power to any or every employee at any time; no more depreciation for aging hardware

Keep your data secure

  • Workspaces are deployed in a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), controlling infrastructure access to only the specific users resources required in the AWS Cloud using AWS Key Management System, while making sure no data is stored locally
  • Ensures user data is secure with protected storage in the cloud

Centrally manage and scale your global desktop deployment 

  • Accessible in many AWS regions while allowing access to cloud desktops in multiple areas
  • The AWS console is available to centrally manage all of your Workspaces, and you can automate management with tools like CloudFormation or Terraform

Use cases: 

Provide secure cloud desktops for remote, mobile, and contract employees 

  • Provides an accessible cloud desktop no matter where you are
  • Helps with employees who are mobile or remote to gain access to necessary business applications

Enable bring your own device 

  • Ability to run a cloud desktop on all your devices and certain browsers including Mac, PC, Android tablets, and iPad

Rapidly provision and scale desktops for software test and development 

  • Instead of Dev teams using on-premise hardware (which is often much more costly than using AWS Cloud) Workspaces provides the tools Dev teams need to quickly and efficiently build applications

Quickly provision persistent desktops for classroom and lab settings 

  • Students and instructors have access to workspaces for better learning experiences

Rapid integration during mergers and acquisitions

  • Workspaces enables teams to adapt to changing organization structures
  • Helps with on and off-boarding employees quickly, while giving them secure access to all resources they may need

Media & Entertainment Use Cases

Editorial in the Cloud

Cloud Editorial is becoming a far more common model for editors, reviewers and QA personnel to collaborate.

The ability to use either standard Amazon Workspaces instances for moderate editing requirements, or the most modern custom instances (GPU-enabled, etc) for those sessions that require it, supplies a geographically dispersed creative workforce with the ability to “dial-in” the exact environments necessary for the job. The transition to an OpEx model also provides much better cost reporting and facilitates an easy path to the accurate allocation of costs to projects or customers.

Once editorial and content are in the cloud, including the value-add capabilities of AWS’ broad services offering can accelerate and augment your workflows further and farther than ever before. Add metadata extraction via ML/AI, transcoding, packaging, distribution, archiving, and disaster recovery in a far easier fashion than locking your business into on-premise or co-location CapEx’d hardware solutions.


Animation and Special Effects

While including the same benefits as Cloud Editorial above, running VFX in AWS virtual desktops adds the ability to spin up and down an almost unlimited amount of on-demand compute power.

Struggling to make delivery deadlines because you don’t have the ability to bring on artists quickly enough, or the rendering power to bring a project across the finish line in time can be mitigated by AWS’ ability to deploy almost instantly, anywhere, and to any scale. Amazon Nimble Studio, a new AWS service is a great place to start, providing a basis not only for GPU-based virtual desktops but also the entire pipeline.