martedì 31 gennaio 2012

Cloud thinking & Cloud computing in 3 D design

The question asked was whether a 3D design project on cloud computing is something feasible.

Told the guy I am doing it sometimes, and if you know what are you doing things go smooth, butt if you don't...

So he e-mailed me back:

Thank you for your feedback.

I am trying to understand a feasibility of cloud model for CAD, and very interested in details of successful projects.

The application - Autocad - was in a cloud? where was the data - in cloud also?
How was the quality of graphical output?
How did you deal with security?
And which provider - Amazon ?
Many questions - :-) !
Best regards, Georgy

And this made me think of how hard is to start from scratch when you have no idea what are you doing, thus I replied:

The feasibility of a cloud model it depends on the cloud you use, it depends whether it is a physical cloud or a virtual cloud, it depends on the size of the cloud and on the team that works with you.

I started on the physical cloud of Godaddy, and I am disappointed, I have positive and negative inputs for any physical clouds, Amazon included.

One uses these services when in lack of resources or knowledge to setup their own virtual cloud.

But using their physical computers as cloud terminals and some physical clouds as storage, organized in such a manner to behave as a single cloud, things can be adapted to more specific needs.

Last project I worked it like that, is smoother, but you need to know what are you doing.

Proprietary clouds like Amazon or Godaddy have extremely tight regulations that can be restrictive for certain jobs (they will never admit it thou) and most of the times in a long run one will notice scarce customer service, communication problems with the provider, and similar inconvenience, since they outsource most of the jobs to lower wedge areas placed companies that do in the same time same kind of services for several clients that have different regulations and thus their personnel is somehow Jack of all trades, but masters at nothing.

The application must be installed on each terminal apart if you want good speed when working with, the cloud made available the repository data, bot the one of the project and the additional ones needed (suppliers, models, parts, standards)

The quality of graphical output is as good as the drafters are. This is why we cloud think too, one is best in a certain area and another one is best in another area, we shift roles and tasks according to our skills many times during a project. This speeds up things and improves quality.

Security is a delicate issue, there is little or no reason to worry of somebody stealing your data from the cloud (unless they are after you on purpose) or in the transfer, but you are cloud thinking too, and although you have NCNDA signed with everybody, like in any job, if you are unfair with one of them you might also expect lack of loyalty, but this happens out of clouds too, thus the employee will always react according to the employers behavior.

Best regards,


Just to discover my guess was right, another one that is testing the sea with the finger to see whether is deep and wet...:

RE: Not easy to start, but very proficient, one can hire an online manager for the project that would be in permanent liaison with the team and the management...

Great experience. Nice feedback, thank you.

Currently I am preparing POC for ProE based on Citrix solutions (XA, XD, etc.)

At this stage I am rather far from a project, want to start a working system to involve those interested to launch a production solution.

Made some progress on Amazon and local platforms.
And this is why I am interested to know "who is in the same boat", and maybe who is looking for such solutions to have themselves.


I don't blame him for starting, I blame the others for not giving the dude a hand, I did what I could in little time I had, my question is: why was I the only one to help when this topic was posted in a Linkedin professional group of 3D CAD experts of over ten thousand folks?

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