I agree with Ralph and his “Cloud is Dead” article and see little to merit consideration with the cloud. About a year ago I wrote a list of forty questions for the cloud proponents. At the time it was primarily directed at DS and SW as they were the ones touting the inevitability and desirability of the cloud for cad. They have yet to answer a single one with a provably reliable bit of software or even a solid statement of product contract details. One of the questions was a rhetorical one and went basically like this. “Are you still scrambling around trying to figure out how to make this work and doing CYA and damage control in the interim?”. I think the answer is yes.
Well is there any evidence that one of the largest software companies in the world has managed to do anything of real useable significance to the cad community? We do have N!Fuze but it is hardly a good poster child for cost effective well thought out cloud services.
Autocad is producing amidst considerable ballyhoo cloud stuff. I am so uninterested in something based on a seriously flawed set of promises that I have not given it any consideration. Why should I when they like every other cad cloud touting software company refuse to be held responsible and liable for the inevitable fallout their customers will suffer under.
All these cloud promises are based on infrastructure and systems neither owned or controlled by the cad cloud companies. First let us start with the customer. Same IT staff size, still have to buy all those workstations and servers but now in addition to that we have wholsale introduction of Murphy’s Law that the users have utterly no control over. And of course the T-1 line required to make this cloud work right is free right? Thus the elimination of touted up front cost savings from the cloud.
It will work over ISP offerings that are allready overtaxed and incapable of dealing with wholesale cad useage. Reading an article on the amount of data Netflix is using today and it is staggering. The amount of money companies are going to put into the internet infrastructure is going to be the least they can get away with and will be catering to the largest cash cows. We cad users are not this. Add into the mix the burgeoning demand by smart phone users of the internet and where do you think we will be in the food chain.
Yes I can see data transfers at the simplest level of cad. But even the idea of paperless jobsites run by IPads is laughable. [These types of comments on the web by cloud proponents show desperation on the part of cloudies in my opinion as they scramble for something, anything to justify why you should buy into their paradigm.] The boss may have one but the majority of actual users of the data on any jobsite are going to have blue lines. The great big ones you can write on, actually see without a magnifying glass and don’t have to worry about knocking off onto the floor and breaking.
Well we have Crowd Sourcing to. Don’t let me forget to touch on the latest bit of drivel designed to appeal to corporate hands off level exec’s. Just think, won’t we all be more productive with dozens or hundreds of divergent and competing ideas in the concept and expeditious building of a quality product? Who needs planning anyway I always say. And is not the absolute cheapest vendor source always a wonderfull thing for your bottom line? As if China has not been enough to answer this question.
Yes, the cloud for some things maybe and not the grand cornucopia of bliss for all things cad. I think we are right around the corner from the most staggering leap forward in things like rendering and when companies like Nvidia manage to work out the details of GPU/CPU integration and make it affordable even rendering on the cloud will be moot. The first serious GPU useage in a super computer is happening right now and it is around the corner from our workstations. Even this bastion of cloud companies excuses for why you should love them will quickly end.
This brings us the the nitty gritty of why all this is happening. It is not dissruptive innovative technology but rather a bunch of stuff created to financially benefit the authors. The absolute proof is that they to a man refuse to spell out the rules and regulations and who is liable for what and what guarantees are there. The liabilities seem to accrue entirely to the purchaser and not the issuer. They KNOW what kind of trash they are producing and have no intent to stand behind it.
Halloween is a good time to talk about the death of Vampires I do believe.
Just an aside here. I am an unabashed proponent of Solid Edge. It began with the introduction of Synchronous tech and that plus sheet metal is why I arrived here three years ago. But I have to say that with all the cloud nonsense and kernal change stuff others are going to have to suffer under with various other cad programs that in this day and time being with a company like Solid Edge that is foward looking for the customers benefit is a real additional benefit. It did not start that way for me as all I was buying at the time was a cad program. But in light of current events in the cad world stability and regard for the customer has become pretty darned important too.