A recent article authored by Graphisoft CEO, Viktor Várkonyi explores issues floating around cloud computing. In it, Várkonyi provides us with a very clear breakdown of the four most popular approaches to cloud computing, which is not actually a specific technology – but an umbrella concept over different methods of sharing resources over computer networks.
How does cloud computing function in the AEC space? How does it affect BIM?
Any firm considering a leap into cloud computing is well-advised to take a moment and look around first. Cloud computing is a huge and ever-growing facet of the IT industry and BIM projects have specific requirements that must be met before a firm can benefit from what the cloud can offer. As Várkonyi explains, a look at accessibility and system performance must take place.
Fundamentally there are really two options when it comes to cloud computing for AEC, build your own cloud or buy space in the commercial cloud. The main issues with a commercial cloud solution center on accessibility and liability – factors in the AEC space that haven’t been completely addressed. Building your own proprietary cloud, while an avenue that provides a measure of control – is often an expensive and cumbersome in-house headache. The construction of a proprietary cloud can also develop into a distraction from the business at hand.
Any businesses in the AEC space looking for ways to work around those things without conducting a full risk/reward analysis are bound to fail. The clearest thing about cloud computing is that you can’t just jump into the cloud and expect it to work for you.
You can use the web today (right now!) without getting into the cloud — the Graphisoft BIM Server software application connects offices, teams and enables collaboration down the hall, across the street, across the country and around the world.
As Várkonyi explains, cloud computing has been around for a while and Graphisoft is actively evaluating developments and considering the best approach.
In the meantime, the decision to embrace the cloud is anything but trivial, and time spent cloud gazing to understand its full ramifications is indeed time well spent.