Watching the various posts about Cad on the Cloud lately and the Autodesk entry into the never never land of reality deniers promoting this as the end all be all future for us. As I pondered this I decided that the correct monster to be applied at this time was no longer the vampire but instead one that was cobbled together from bits and pieces, add in electricity, a mad scientist and voila, a crude ugly thing rejected by the masses and ending in failure after a short and troublesome existance. I especially like what happens to the corporate castle at the end. ALL the parallels are there and we just wait for time to pass now to see this unfold before our very eyes.
One of the most interesting things about the whole cloud for cad saga is how Dassault and now Autodesk promote this mess as being capable of putting more power, cost savings, capabilities and productivity in our hands by taking things out of our hands.
The preceeding links take you to Nvidia stories where some pretty incredible computing power is being unleashed with GPU and CPU utilization. You can actually put a mini super computer on your desk now for under $10,000.00, power that would exceed the needs of I would guess 95% of us.
I bought three new workstations recently with ssd drives for the primaries and compared to my three and four year old units the speed and capabilities are jaw dropping and the most expensive was just under $1,800.00.
Next up is a new example of a real working prototype of an upcoming generation of Intel processors. It is mind boggling the power that will be capable of sitting on our desktops very soon.
This brings us full circle to where the real bottleneck is in the cad world and it is not the hardware anymore but instead the producers of software. Yes the very same ones that want us to buy into the cloud. There has not been ONE proven example of anyone being able to sit down in front of a simple dumb terminal in a typical customer setting and reliably creating meaningfull and complex cad design across the internet from a cloud server farm. After all what can the cloud people actually do for you when we have the single thread limitation still applying to cad. And if it does not apply to cad anymore why aren’t they offering it to us? Works on a cloud server it will work on my six core cpu to I should think,eh?
The very few examples touted by reality deniers like rendering and FEA are being addressed by Nvidia and Intel as we speak where this solution will reside on our desktops and not be subject to the plethora of infrastructure and security risks ANY web transmittals bring.
One of the biggest benefits to the cloud publicity that I have seen recently is the act of users and bloggers shining a big spotlight into the dark recesses of the corporate cloud for all strategy as it reveals some things that companies like Dassault and Autodesk willfully try to hide. Little details like what they are promising can’t be made to work like they promise so A, they will make EULAS that will absolve them of any responsibility and B, we will never answer these requests for facts and proofs of concept.
I issue a challenge to any cad company pushing this stuff. Put your money where your mouth is just once. Security, true cost of use, capabilities over uncontrolled internet infrastructure, what version is the customer forced to use and are rollouts on our time frames or just there like magic whenever, data ownership, autonomy to use this as a full blown program with full capabilities offline and this guaranteed for a specific period of time or forever like now, will permanent seats still be available, how will translations and addons work and on and on the list of deliberately ignored questions go.
So what are we really looking at here? I believe there is a tremendous amount of willfull deception about the cloud by these companies and the kindest thing that can be said is they are liars purveying products they refuse to stand behind. Silly verbal attacks on those who do not buy into this does nothing to bolster trust. Refusal to answer anything significant about all the questions being raised does not bolster trust. It is ethical bankruptcy in the board rooms and somehow they think CAD users should just blindly write checks for an unproven product that has great potential to destroy any business that adopts it.
Technically there is no reason to go there anymore for computing power, as if there ever was one anyway. Legally we can’t go there because those niggling little confidentiality agreements we all have to sign with our customers won’t be signed by software vendors on our behalf to indemnify us with the inevitable problems.
It is a method whereby CAD software companies can lock you down and in for forced cashflow from customers and an effort to stop piracy. It is all about lining their pockets and how can they fool sufficient numbers of buyers to make it work. It is the product of reality deniers who do not care enough for customers to offer a product they are willing to legally guarantee.
It is the body of Frankenstein constructed of parts that do not work together by people who do not mean us well.
The preceeding is by Denier Dave the Neanderthal who is stupid and backwards looking and is not an employee of Dassault or Autodesk and probably has dirt behind his ears anyway on top of all the rest so just ignore him.