Cloud 9… or is it Cloud 360


There has been a lot of buzz going around about “Autodesk 360”, (or “Cloud Computing”) but I have found that not everyone knows what it is or what it is used for. So in this blog I just want to give out some information so you can decide if putting your head in the Cloud works better for you.

I figure the best way to explain this is a brief description and some links to some of my favorite sites that can add more information in detail. (No since clogging up the internet with duplicate information… LOL!)

First of all a “Cloud” is nothing more than a bank of computers (usually many “High End”, or even “Super Computers”) that allow you to access them for different things. Some of the more common actions are… offsite file storage, a workspace for collaborate with other clients and colleagues, or even used as a separate computing work-horse for you to send work too, so your computer does not have to do all the work. You especially know this pain if you do things like time consuming renderings! Now you can just send it to Autodesk 360 and free up your computer… not to mention having the rendering done in a just a fraction of the time it would normally take you. So as you can see some of the possibilities of using a Cloud Service start to make since.  In fact, there are even some companies that use a cloud to rent access to use their (or third party) software rather buying it, you rent it. And you can also see this cloud concept of allowing access to all of your files, software, and services… anytime, anywhere, is only going to get bigger.

In fact Heidi Hewitt wrote a great blog about using the Cloud to do a Customization Sync in AutoCAD 2013 that was well worth reading…

http://heidihewett.blogs.com/my_weblog/2012/04/customization-sync-in-autocad-2013.html

And Even a follow up blog for one of the question that followed… http://heidihewett.blogs.com/my_weblog/2012/04/more-on-customization-sync.html

There are several examples out there on the internet of what other ideas people are using clouds for but before I leave you in that Google frenzy I wanted to make sure you have the link to the Autodesk site that covers the Top questions and answers about Autodesk 360…

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=17889433&linkID=16831209

This site will cover most all of your questions about Autodesk 360, if not let me know and I will find out for you. (Just Email me…  Isaac.harper@cadsoft-consult.com)

Have fun exploring the wave of the future, and even though the services offered from Autodesk 360 are not called “Cloud 9” you could pretend… “If you take advantage of its capabilities”, or just add up the totals of 3, 6, and 0? =)

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