If your business utilizes a VPN and/or a mobile phone management service to give you access to its intranet and internal web apps, then you understand how bothersome those are. AWS today released a new item, Amazon WorkLink, that promises to make this process significantly simpler.
WorkLink is a fully handled service that, for $5 monthly and per user, enables IT admins to offer employees one-click access to internal sites, no matter whether they operate on AWS or not.
After setting up WorkLink on their phones, staff members can then just utilize their preferred internet browser to browse to an internal website (other options often force users to use a crappy proprietary internet browser). WorkLink then goes to work, safely requests that website and– which’s the wise part here– a safe and secure WorkLink container converts the website into an interactive vector graphic and sends it back to the phone. Nothing is saved or cached on the phone and AWS says WorkLink understands nothing about personal device activity either. That likewise implies when a device is lost or taken, there’s no need to attempt to wipe it from another location since there’s simply no business data on it.
IT can either utilize a VPN to connect from an AWS Virtual Private Cloud to on-premise servers or utilize AWS Direct Connect to bypass a VPN option. The service works with all SAML 2.0 identity providers (which is most of identity services used in the business, consisting of the likes of Okta and Ping Identity), and as a totally handled service, it handles scaling and updates in the background.
” When talking with customers, all of them expressed aggravation that their workers do not have an easy and safe method to access internal content, which implies that their staff members either waste time or don’t bother attempting to gain access to content that would make them more productive,” states Peter Hill, vice president of Productivity Applications at AWS, in today’s announcement. “With Amazon WorkLink, we’re allowing higher work environment efficiency for those outside the business firewall program in a manner that IT administrators and security groups enjoy with and workers want to utilize.”
WorkLink will work with both Android and iOS, but for the time being, only the iOS app (iOS 12 ) is offered. In the meantime, it likewise just works with Safar, with Chrome support can be found in the next couple of weeks. The service is also just offered in Europe and North America for now, with extra regions coming later on this year.
For the time being, AWS’s cloud archrivals Google and Microsoft don’t use any services that are quite similar with WorkLink. Google offers its Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy as a VPN alternative and as part of its BeyondCorp program, though that has a very different focus, while Microsoft deals a variety of more standard mobile gadget management solutions.