Advance2000 BIM Cloud Computing Q & A

Advance2000 BIM Cloud provides a high performance solution for your graphical work stations. The collaborative nature of the Advance2000 BIM Cloud improves collaboration between designers, architects, and contractors. Our experience providing Private Cloud Solutions to the AEC market has led us to evolve and grow the Advance2000 BIM Cloud to better serve your needs.  Here are some Q & A’s about the Advance2000 BIM Cloud Computing. 

Q: How does the Cloud affect rendering performance?
A: Rendering is all about having enough CPU to churn through the calculations. Clients that do a lot of rendering will have dedicated remote nodes. If you want to render on the workstation you also design on, there are ways to keep the rendering programs at a lower priority so that when a worker needs the computer, they get it.

Q: How does the Cloud affect the ability to use third party applications, such as Revit add-on apps?

A: So, long as the third-party app will technically run over a Cloud connection and the third-party EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) allows you to do that, then there is no difference. Advance2000’s Private Cloud is just like having your own IT infrastructure. Whatever you can do in your office, you can do in the Cloud.

Q: What is the pricing model for Advance2000 BIM Cloud?

A: Since Advance2000 offers a “Private Cloud” using standard building blocks, your BIM Cloud Solution will be unique to your company. As such, the prices will vary greatly depending on the capabilities, size, storage, circuits, phones, applications, etc. It is difficult to compare apples to apples at the component level, but you will see significant cost savings while increasing your capabilities by consolidating your IT.

Q: Is a network license needed?
A: You have to look at the EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) from the software manufacturer that you want to run in the Cloud. Some of the EULA’s are OK with this, others are not. They want to make sure you don’t buy one license and then have 10 people use it. If you are asking about Autodesk’s Revit, then yes, their EULA requires a firm to have their Revit licenses on a network licensing model. They can track usage this way and don’t really care where you actually run Revit. Related to this question is location-based software that requires some sort of HW key. Assuming the EULA is OK, then we have various ways to pass HW (USB usually) keys to a remote desktop but we’d have to test it. The license server can be in our Cloud or at your office. Your Cloud workstations just need to be able to “see” the license server either via a private circuit or VPN.

Q: How does printing back at the local office that is connecting to the datacenter work? The plotter in all cases would reside in the local office.
A: Advance2000 does this all the time. The print server in the Cloud spools to your local plotter, printers or multi-function copiers. Going from Cloud workstation to Cloud print server is fast (just like being in a local office). Our “Clouded” offices only have a Cloud access device (like a laptop, desktop, or iPad), network switch, maybe a router, printers, and a phone handset.