As far as I can tell COFES is supposed to be as cutting edge as you can get. Numerous companies touting hi-tech and latest tech shining a big light on the inevitable way of the future. And if you attend you can see it all unfold in front of you today!!
This little blooper to me is a perfect demonstration of why the cloud will not be useful for full-blown CAD in my lifetime. There are just to many variables way beyond the control of those who wish to force us there for any rational person who cares about reliability, security and cost containment to ever seriously consider it.
So we have this fine hotel that has experience doing this exact same convention for 13 years and the wi-fi/internet whatever that is required to function online capably. Problem is that in real life the bean counters say what you can do and it is a game of cat and mouse. What can we do to provide the barest essentials without making to many users mad the bean counters ask. So the spreadsheets come out and they analyse the numbers to find the sweet spot that costs them the least and makes them the most. They are in business after all to show the greatest profit for the least expenditure.
Enter into this cost efficient world the anomaly of high bandwidth users who are a small minority of all users but demand a huge percentage of your resources. What you get is COFES 2012.
Above and beyond all the outright lying about security and cost effectiveness cloud proponents wax so eloquently about there is another whole category that will prevent any but the foolish from going there. Just how to these fraudulent cloud perpetrators propose to control this infrastructure they do not own to guarantee all these wonderful things they promise?
The answer is that they don’t. In the world of CAD we have two behemoths in the forms of Autodesk and Dassault who are determined to force users to a cloud subscription model. Lets just cut right through the PR fluff and look at it for what it is. Unbridled lust for never-ending cash flow from subscribers who have to pay to play. No regard for numerous unsolvable technical problems accompanies the media blitz of glowing self-produced endorsements. It is the CPA MBA wet dream fantasy world of getting never ending gobs of your cash without being held accountable for results.
Is this not true? No where in all these PR blitzes has there ever been a clear spelling out of obligations and guarantees between users and producers of this cloud stuff. OK all you cloud lovers, here once again is a chance to trot out your copies of the EULAS for us to see. Go for it, I dare you.
I read occasionally of CAD users who want to go to the cloud. I do not personally know any and all the ones I do know have no desire to be there. The only reason I can see for this continued barrage of deceit is that these cloud companies believe the idea that if you lie enough people will begin to believe it. There is truth to this and we have Obama as president as evidence this philosophy can work.
This cloud for CAD being touted primarily by Autodesk and Dassault for the CAD world is just as realistic as say Ford or Chrysler stating that by buying their product you are guaranteed good roads, no traffic jams or detours, and never any pesky wrecks. AND you won’t need any mechanics anymore either because it runs without you having to work on it.
There is only one big difference between the CAD and Auto company analogy above. ALL the roads in the CAD world will be toll roads.
The beauty of writing about cloud failures is the plethora of ammunition these cloud companies unwillingly supply through their sloppy implementations and reliance on an infrastructure that can’t be secure. Oh, and have I mentioned that they don’t truly securely c0ntrol any aspect of the data stream once it has left their own in house equipment. Inhouse cloud provider infrastructure security assumes that there is no compromise from within and we all know THAT can’t happen.
Posted on World Cad Access 4-11-12 and here for your amusement. http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2012/04/cloud-no-longer-secure.html