Can your design work be done in the cloud? Of course it can! Having all your data in one place, instead of spread around on individual hard drives, provides much greater security and content protection. It also gives you the ability to make better design decisions by offering consistent access to all the data available.
The cloud enables secure access to designs for any user, anywhere, at any time, on any device -- a huge boost to productivity and collaboration.
At Autodesk University 2012, Dell led the discussion regarding the five cloud delivery models, and respective benefits of each. If you missed the event, here is a synopsis of the options for utilizing the cloud. Decide which model will help your design workflow take advantage of the cloud.
- Presentation, also known as server-based computing, is a traditional model where a single server-based application supports many users. It’s low cost, efficient, and great for task worker computing.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is recommended for those who require access to a variety of applications. The software is also centralized, but the key difference here is that VDI supports a full-blown virtual operating system (usually Windows) with a wide variety of applications. VDI can be ideal for a broad range of users, including knowledge workers, designers, and engineers.
- In the Cloud Workstation model, the processing takes place on the workstation rather than the server. However, the operating system (OS), applications, and data are all centralized. It’s like a workstation with the hard drive back in the datacenter. The server stores a single copy of the OS and application, along with all the user data. The user will see an exact copy of a traditional workstation experience with all writes and saves directed to the secure server.
- The Shared model uses a server-class PC as the shared system and is suited for very small businesses or classroom settings. It’s relatively low cost, easy to install, and ideal for training environments.
- The web model is the one which many organizations are moving their applications to over time. But most apps aren’t currently written in modern web languages. It shifts the applications to servers in the cloud and uses a variety of clients to access the target apps and content.
Check out the Intel® planning guide for cloud client computing. It helps IT managers use intelligent clients to improve security, performance, and manageability in the cloud.
These models, especially VDI and Cloud Workstation, are the future for design work. However, for heavy CAD/CAM work, desktop or rack-mounted workstations provide enhanced performance. Dell’s rack-based PCoIP workstation solution, the Dell Precision R5500, with powerful Intel® Xeon® processors, is a virtualized 2U rack workstation that supports up to two concurrent professional graphics users, running high-end 3D professional applications on one workstation, from virtually anywhere.
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