SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 442 - Hosted vs. Cloud

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Hosted vs. Cloud: 

This podcast covers the questions that rise when looking for and understanding the benefits and/or risks to moving to on premises solutions delivered via the Internet.  Topics covered:

- Some trends in the CAD industry

- Software as a service (SaaS)

- Platform as a service (PaaS)

- Benefits / Risks with off premises solutions

- My life in ChromeOS (4th generation device - Pixel)

Ever since the 2010 SolidWorks World Conference, the engineering world has been talking about the topic "CAD on the Cloud" and moving many on-premises products and services to servers hosted by another company.  Hosted services and cloud-based offerings are a normal staple in our everyday lives but how will these trends really apply to industries that rely on high-end, local hardware?

With services like GrabCAD Workbench, Sunglass.io and Team Platform offering tools that are core to engineering and collaboration, it is only a matter of time till many of the tools we all use locally are offloaded to the cloud.  This is not without challenges however as Internet speeds increase and service

Autodesk recently announced a number of services in their 360 Cloud Services offering, one of which, Fusion 360, which reminds me of the pre-announced SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual.  Products like SImulation, PLM and other services seem to have targets to move to these platforms in the near future everywhere. ~Lou

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