Unlike previous CAD software that is typically loaded onto a local computer or laptop at your desk, CAD in the cloud runs software over an Internet browser on virtual machines with powerful graphics processors that are much closer to the central database itself. Not only does this result in a better performance value, it’s also easier to maintain and upgrade software from an administrator’s point of view.
Because a cloud-hosted CAD system uses a web-based technology delivery method, it provides a higher performance value offering. The user interface or Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) of the CAD software is streamed from the virtual host machine directly to the standard browser on the end user’s device. The user interactively controls these images in real time (making it feel as if the software is installed right at the user’s desk, even if it is actually installed several time zones away).
Accessibility to data is also improved because now companies can easily run their CAD systems on a wider variety of new operating systems and platforms — including smartphones and tablets — especially when located in remote areas.
VDI’s are also very flexible and performance can easily be upgraded or downgraded as needed to optimize computing and budgetary constraints.
By using a cloud-hosted technology to create a virtual, centralized PDM system, the original problems with respect to legacy part files and assembly files over multiple servers and locations can be quickly resolved.
Hosted CAD and PDM systems are also easier to upgrade, more easily Easier to handle diverse operating systems, and are very scaleable.
>Read more by Chad Garrish, Design News, 4/28/16