Harbor Electronics, a leading circuit board company, approached Taos to assist with moving to a hosted infrastructure model with all employees working remotely.
This would require a solution to virtualize their on-premises domain controller, a file server, as well as move several employees to virtual desktops.
The project had a one week time constraint due to the expiration of their building lease.
The Taos cloud team created a POC and walked them through to validate the approach. Once validated, they replicated their office network to production by first setting up a virtual Meraki edge router/VPN appliance.
When that was meshed into their VPN network, they began launching AWS WorkSpaces to test performance. At the same time, they created a Windows domain controller and a file server in EC2.
The remote users needed workstations that could run a CAD program used for designing the PCB boards that are a mainstay of their business. We helped them get both some Power and Graphic workstations so that they could test to find the most affordable option for their needs.
We identified workstation options that allowed for a $230 a month reduction in spend, per remote user.
Additionally, their testing showed that the Power workstations were more than twice as powerful as their old on-premises workstations. This increased effectiveness will decrease the amount of time it takes to build, therefore increasing the overall user productivity.
Taos added the EC2 domain controller and then configured WorkSpaces to use their domain for credentials and DNS.
Once this was complete, users could access all corporate resources by name, thus providing a seamless transition for all remote working employees.