Design in the cloud?

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A new article in Design News looks at the state of design collaboration, specifically the steps being taken by design tool vendors to move design collaboration into the cloud (that place, according to the article, “where the Web is employed to deliver on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources, be it servers, storage, applications or services”).

Full disclosure: The article does mention Arena customer Mobius Photonics and Arena BOMControl, which has always been offered in the cloud. But the bigger question examined is whether there are cloudy skies ahead for CAD and CAE tools. The article acknowledges the traditional reasons for skepticism about that possibility, including availability of the bandwidth and CPUs needed to deliver “the performance and interactivity required for data-intensive, graphically demanding CAD and CAE applications.” It concludes, however, that cloud-based solutions will at least have a place in the design tool mix of the future.

Particularly interesting is a brief discussion of some of the ways Autodesk is leveraging the cloud to offer new solutions. Read the full article to learn more.

P.S. Not surprisingly, the cloud is a topic that’s near & dear to our hearts. Feel free to check out some of our previous posts on the subject:

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