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SolidWorks/PDM app in the Cloud

Question asked by Rachel Leblanc on Oct 1, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 22, 2017 by Glenn Freeman

Im am looking to understand a confirm information that a colleague has provided.  Bottom line, our company uses AutoCad and recently purchased Solidworks 2015, which is locally hosted.  We are undertaking a huge local server to cloud migration and need to have both AutoCad and Solidworks hosted in the cloud with the ability of those files to be opened/modified/saved to and from the cloud workspace.  Our current local solution has been challenging because the network is often slow or unresponsive.  Any further information you can provide, observations, challenges, expectations, and/or recommendations as to the best way to accomplish/proceed with the end result (above) would be graciously accepted. Here is the info I have received from our current IT support, who is a proponent of him continuing to host SW and ACAD locally:


"I spoke to my contact at MLC today and we conferenced in the account Rep that onboarded you guys.  I was informed that there is no cloud app solution for Solidworks or PDM in the cloud at the moment.  This would not be an option for us.  I was informed by the account rep Loni who onboarded you and he stated there was a product out there but it is a framework for conceptual design and would not meet any of the requirements needed to build actuators.   We do however have that option to move your physical Solidworks server into the cloud.  We can build Virtual Machines and host them in the cloud ..that is one option and the cost (ballpark) would be somewhere between 500 to 1100.00 per month depending on the datacenter we use and the hardware specs.  We can also go the datacenter route with physical hardware and the cost would be close to and or above the cost of a virtual environment.  Essentially renting space for our physical server.   We would have to do a multitenant setup for that and may need to provide a server that meets their requirements to do so as well to be accommodated into a server cabinet.  I can get a quote together on that if you’d like.  Since we have the Disaster Recovery server onsite, I do think we should stay the course on the Solidworks since we have the backups already in place and can spin up that system from the backups if we ever go down.  That provides us some redundancy in addition to the backups already being uploaded to the cloud backup.   Let me know your thoughts. "