This podcast covers a process that I started this week to offload any SolidWorks services to a new hosted service provided by Microsoft called Windows Azure. Topics covered:
- What the heck is Azure?
- What services does this provide?
- What does this have to do with SolidWorks?
- What circumstances does this service make sense for companies.
- My trials with Enterprise PDM and Azure
- Other SolidWorks services might make sense?
After a busy week of EPDM migrations, working remotely and having to use various services for access to internal servers, I decided to use this as an opportunity to dig into the new service by Microsoft. I have been reading/listen about Microsoft's next platform move to compete with the hosted services provided by Amazon for years.
With Microsoft's service coming with a 90 day trial and access to all the offerings for a whopping $0, I thought I should test out what can be done. With so many industries moving to the cloud for many of the server side products, I wanted to test the idea of moving Enterprise PDM to test things like performance and simplicity of deployment.
I can imagine Azure and services like it could provide options to other SolidWorks products like SolidNetwork License manger, WPDM server, Flow Simulation install for batch solving, etc. I also recently updated my laptop and installed Office 2013 and share my results of that. ~Lou