If there's one lesson we can learn in the beginning of this global pandemic, it's that you shouldn't lose access to the tools and data that are essential to performing your design/MFG tasks. EpiGrid offers the capability to enable an entirely remote CAD team this exact second with our Cloud-hosted CAD infrastructure, and the benefits of Cloud-hosted SOLIDWORKS PDM or GPU-enabled Virtual Desktop Instances go far beyond just allowing your workforce to continue working from home without interruption. However, for the purposes of this blog, we'll be focusing on how Cloud-hosting for SOLIDWORKS can alleviate the specific pains of this unique situation - where the entire team is forced to design, validate, and distribute CAD data from home.
This global crisis has shed light on at least one fact - it's now mandatory for your company to have a Cloud-strategy to deal with situations where the entire team is required to work from home. We hope and pray that all other situations like this one are avoided or mitigated, but the reality is that we need to be prepared.
We've seen many organizations turn to the VPN as their only hope to remain connected to the office. But it's difficult to anticipate just how much time and effort will be required to deploy a secure and reliable VPN based on a number of different IT-related variables. Even companies with a robust and competent IT staff struggle with connecting their remote SOLIDWORKS users so that PDM Performance isn't effected. The EpiGrid solution relies on VPN server/client connection for our Cloud-hosted solutions, but we remove the components with the most variables - your on-premise server, firewall, and network, and we provide a fully managed software hosting as a service (SHaaS) model that ensures your team always has the best performance and a persistent connection.
Eventually, this global crisis will evolve and dissipate, but why not develop an infrastructure for your CAD team that not only reduces the overall IT burden placed upon your organization when things are normal, but also allows your team to continue working uninterrupted when the next crisis hits?