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A cloud workspace is a virtual desktop infrastructure that can be used in one of two common ways. First, some cloud workspaces, such as Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Amazon WorkSpaces, emulate Microsoft Windows or Linux desktops, allowing for these operating systems to be run entirely from cloud services. This means that rather than having to purchase local devices, such as laptops and desktops, organizations can create cloud desktops that can be accessed through a regular internet connection. This can save businesses and organizations on capital expenditures (CAPEX), while allowing for implementation of enhanced security options, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA). This type of cloud workspace also allows for app creation to take place entirely on the cloud and enabling access to the increased computing powers available on cloud platforms to speed up development and deployment.
Secondly, a cloud workspace can also be a unified platform that allows an organization to monitor multiple projects across different accounts, and even different cloud providers, all in one location. A Google Cloud Workspace, for example, can house up to 375 different projects across AWS and Google Cloud services. This enables an organization to quickly gather and monitor their data across multiple projects all from the same space. Rather than having to individually log in to each product to check its status, this type of cloud workspace can quickly gather relevant data and display it in an easy-to-understand manner.
Both types of cloud workspaces can help businesses in multiple ways, including: