Cloud computing is about many things – transparency, remote storage and services on demand. Daan Moreels, CMO of Cloudalize, tells us more…
Today’s digital construction environments face ever-growing graphics and computational requirements. Clearly, the trend is moving towards increased use of 3D and BIM Models with huge datasets.
In fact, computing power will not only contribute to the design of cars and buildings, but also to the collaboration economy. Virtual workstations that run in datacentres can now be securely accessed via the internet and allow you to work in your CAD workspace on any device.
How can you benefit from a datacentre that is stacked with CPUs and GPUs? Companies, such as Cloudalize, allocate this computing power to users who may require it for a few hours or for months on end.
Future of Computing
There are many reasons why this is a better way of working for engineers and designers. New cloud technologies, such as GDaaS, can deliver a total cloud solution by providing access to servers and powerful CAD workstations in the cloud. These workplaces are simply virtualised workstations that engineers can access on any device – including laptops, tablets, and thin clients – over an internet connection. This makes real-time and synchronised design on shared 3D models possible.
What’s more, this IT infrastructure – including virtual workstations – can be deployed in minutes instead of weeks, which can be particularly useful for short-term projects.
End user benefits
There are obvious advantages, such as mobility support for engineers, flexibility, lower costs (as you pay on a per-use basis), and security (try hacking a datacentre!).
We also see benefits for companies in other use cases, such as near-shoring (Eastern European engineers doing repetitive work on cloud workstations while your intellectual property remains secure), or smaller companies that want to use and manage their entire infrastructure – including workstations — from the cloud.
In these AEC companies, you quickly see the emergence of new work environments, such as virtual offices, or flexible design collaboration in the context of architecture competitions.
In the future, engineers will work on any device and wherever they want in centralized clouds, and they will always have massive computing power at their disposal. Welcome to the age of (cloud) computing. You can already try the technology for free. Go to www.gdaas.com
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