Anyone running an instance of PDM on Azure/AWS? Tried 3dexperience, but it was just too much for what we needed/didn't work to meet our needs.
We want similar PDM functionality from just a simple login. If possible.
We have been running our Solidworks PDM environment couple years now from Azure.Main archive server at azure
Database server at azure
Task Conversion servers at azureWorks really well.
There is a good handful of our customers that have implemented PDM with Azure. The only consistent drawbacks of Azure and or AWS that have come through our support queues, deal with latency and inconsistent network connection issues (maybe from the business ISP). This can cause PDM to hang (Not Responding) or overall sluggishness of PDM (browsing, caching, etc). others don't have any issues at all.
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I agree with that. You own connections needs to be in order(correct routes & enough bandwidth) and important thing with Solidworks PDM is latency especially with database connections. If latency jump is big I think this is not worth it, Solidworks PDM usability decreases hugely for users. Seems to be all ok for main sites with ~50ms latency and some side sites with 100ms.
I have several customers that use Azure and Amazon Web Services as well. I learned one lesson very well a few years though: A contract with one of these services had a clause that enforced a minimum latency of 140 ms. From what I gathered, they opted for a cheaper service contract for a server that was a 'file share'. I can see why they may have thought they would work. Anyhow, it took a while to figure out why the performance wasn't great and they had to renegotiate that contract.
I think as they are becoming more popular, incidents like that will level out but make sure to read and understand the service agreement!
We have been using PDM and SW in Azure since 2015. There are a few caveats like not being able to connect to the Azure SQL across the web but standing up a remote server inside Azure is super easy. Use my link below to book a meeting with me and I'll show you our configuration.
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