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2011.04.20 S&T Revit Cloud

  1. 1. Bulk & Location& S&T Revit Cloud BUSINESS BENEFITS
  2. 2. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits
  3. 3. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHigh System Resource Utilisation• Up to 12 Revit operators can concurrently connect to each Revit Cloud box. Each Revit operator runs a discrete Revit session as a Remote Application.
  4. 4. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHigh System Resource Utilisation• Up to 12 Revit operators can concurrently connect to each Revit Cloud box. Each Revit operator runs a discrete Revit session as a Remote Application.• Each Revit Cloud Box presents a system resource pool of 24 hyper threaded CPU cores, 2GB of GPU, and 32 GB of RAM. Adding additional Revit Cloud boxes into a “Revit Cloud Farm” multiplies the available system resource pool.
  5. 5. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHigh System Resource Utilisation• Up to 12 Revit operators can concurrently connect to each Revit Cloud box. Each Revit operator runs a discrete Revit session as a Remote Application.• Each Revit Cloud Box presents a system resource pool of 24 hyper threaded CPU cores, 2GB of GPU, and 32 GB of RAM. Adding additional Revit Cloud boxes into a “Revit Cloud Farm” multiplies the available system resource pool.• Revit operators can confidently interface with the largest Revit project files within the Revit Cloud environment without risk of local computer system crashes due to insufficient system resources.
  6. 6. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits64bit OS Stability• The Revit Cloud environment is completely 64bit. Recent Autodesk research has revealed that running 64bit Revit on a 64bit OS is up to twice as stable as running 32bit Revit on a 32bit OS environment.
  7. 7. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits64bit OS Stability• The Revit Cloud environment is completely 64bit. Recent Autodesk research has revealed that running 64bit Revit on a 64bit OS is up to twice as stable as running 32bit Revit on a 32bit OS environment.• Fundamentally the only difference between 32bit and 64bit software is that 64bit software allows more access to system memory. Access to more memory means that the OS isn’t as taxed when running Revit and Revit isn’t crammed for memory space.
  8. 8. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits64bit OS Stability• The Revit Cloud environment is completely 64bit. Recent Autodesk research has revealed that running 64bit Revit on a 64bit OS is up to twice as stable as running 32bit Revit on a 32bit OS environment.• Fundamentally the only difference between 32bit and 64bit software is that 64bit software allows more access to system memory. Access to more memory means that the OS isn’t as taxed when running Revit and Revit isn’t crammed for memory space.• The S&T Revit Cloud environment has been running continuously since May 2010 with 100% system uptime.
  9. 9. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsIncreased ROI from Datacentre-basedConsolidation• The business investment in IT is consolidated into Datacentre-based Revit Infrastructure rather than buried into Revit operator personal computing hardware.
  10. 10. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsIncreased ROI from Datacentre-basedConsolidation• The business investment in IT is consolidated into Datacentre-based Revit Infrastructure rather than buried into Revit operator personal computing hardware.• This Datacentre-based infrastructure investment becomes a highly utilised asset that is leveraged across the entire organisation, helping to deliver a significant return on infrastructure and licensing investments.
  11. 11. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsIncreased ROI from Datacentre-basedConsolidation• The business investment in IT is consolidated into Datacentre-based Revit Infrastructure rather than buried into Revit operator personal computing hardware.• This Datacentre-based infrastructure investment becomes a highly utilised asset that is leveraged across the entire organisation, helping to deliver a significant return on infrastructure and licensing investments.• Ongoing investment in Revit operator personal computers can be at a significantly lower cost.
  12. 12. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsModular & Scalable DesignThe Revit Cloud is designed to be completely modular and scal-able. By simply adding additional Revit Cloud boxes into a “RevitCloud Farm”, the infrastructure can be scaled to accommodateany increase in Revit operator numbers.
  13. 13. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHP Z400 iPhone CPU
  14. 14. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLoad Balanced Hardware• The Revit Cloud is effectively a Datacentre-based pool of high-performance CPU/GPU/RAM system resources optimised for the Revit Remote Application environment.
  15. 15. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLoad Balanced Hardware• The Revit Cloud is effectively a Datacentre-based pool of high-performance CPU/GPU/RAM system resources optimised for the Revit Remote Application environment.• Access to the Cloud resources is controlled and load- balanced by the “Revit Cloud Broker” to ensure that no one Revit operator can consume an excessive level of system resources to the detriment or risk of other concurrently connected Revit operators.
  16. 16. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLoad Balanced Hardware• The Revit Cloud is effectively a Datacentre-based pool of high-performance CPU/GPU/RAM system resources optimised for the Revit Remote Application environment.• Access to the Cloud resources is controlled and load- balanced by the “Revit Cloud Broker” to ensure that no one Revit operator can consume an excessive level of system resources to the detriment or risk of other concurrently connected Revit operators.• When a Revit operator connects to the Revit Cloud, the Revit Cloud Broker seamlessly connects the operator to a Revit Cloud Box in the “Farm” that has the least number of concurrent Revit operator connections.
  17. 17. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits12:1 Revit Operator DensityS&T’s Revit Cloud system resource specification has been de-signed to accommodate up to 12 concurrently connected Revitoperators working in an integrated Revit Workset environment.
  18. 18. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits12:1 Revit Operator DensityS&T’s Revit Cloud system resource specification has been de-signed to accommodate up to 12 concurrently connected Revitoperators working in an integrated Revit Workset environment.Local-Like Revit Performance• Extremely positive feedback has been received from S&T Revit operators running Revit in the production environment as a RemoteApp over the LAN to S&T’s Revit Cloud Farm.
  19. 19. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits• The comments received have enabled S&T to conclude that Revit Cloud has a similar level of responsiveness and performance compared with operating Revit locally on the latest HP Z600 workstation hardware.
  20. 20. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits• The comments received have enabled S&T to conclude that Revit Cloud has a similar level of responsiveness and performance compared with operating Revit locally on the latest HP Z600 workstation hardware.• The performance of Revit Cloud is significantly more responsive than locally installed Revit for operations where the Revit supports hyper threading eg batch printing.
  21. 21. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLow-Cost Revit Operator Personal ComputerHardware• S&T’s Revit Cloud provisions Revit to the operator as a discreet Remote Application. As the Revit application is running remotely to the operator personal computer, Revit consumes the system resources of the Revit Cloud Box, not the resources of the personal computer.
  22. 22. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLow-Cost Revit Operator Personal ComputerHardware• S&T’s Revit Cloud provisions Revit to the operator as a discreet Remote Application. As the Revit application is running remotely to the operator personal computer, Revit consumes the system resources of the Revit Cloud Box, not the resources of the personal computer.• The Revit operator’s local workstation becomes a mere user interface into the Revit Cloud environment.
  23. 23. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsLow-Cost Revit Operator Personal ComputerHardware• S&T’s Revit Cloud provisions Revit to the operator as a discreet Remote Application. As the Revit application is running remotely to the operator personal computer, Revit consumes the system resources of the Revit Cloud Box, not the resources of the personal computer.• The Revit operator’s local workstation becomes a mere user interface into the Revit Cloud environment.• Only video images, keyboard strokes, and mouse clicks are transmitted to and from the Revit Cloud Box over the LAN/ WAN.
  24. 24. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits• In theory, any old or low-resource computing hardware can be utilised as an effective Revit modelling computer, even for large and complex Revit model files. Even thin-client computers with minimal system resources have been demonstrated to be effective, low-cost, Revit Cloud “interface” devices.
  25. 25. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits
  26. 26. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHardware/OS Agnostic(Window 7 Pro and XP Pro Preferred)• Whilst the preferred and optimised Revit operator computing environment is a personal computer running Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro OS, it is indeed possible to deploy S&T’s Revit Cloud to non-Windows OS computing devices, including Apple Mac.
  27. 27. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsHardware/OS Agnostic(Window 7 Pro and XP Pro Preferred)• Whilst the preferred and optimised Revit operator computing environment is a personal computer running Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro OS, it is indeed possible to deploy S&T’s Revit Cloud to non-Windows OS computing devices, including Apple Mac.• Revit Cloud has been successfully demonstrated on an Apple iPhone, and a deployment model for Apple iPad, or similar Windows-based slate computing devices is planned for 2011.
  28. 28. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsGeographically Distributed WAN Collaboration• Geographically distributed Revit design and documentation teams can collaborate securely over the public internet using SSL-VPN and S&T’s Revit Cloud RemoteApp.
  29. 29. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsGeographically Distributed WAN Collaboration• Geographically distributed Revit design and documentation teams can collaborate securely over the public internet using SSL-VPN and S&T’s Revit Cloud RemoteApp.• The available bandwidth and latency of the WAN connection will dictate the number of concurrent WAN- based Revit RemoteApp connections permitted, and the type of collaboration activity possible. A number of off-the-shelf WAN accelerator appliances available on the market can assist with minimising the negative effects of contested bandwidth and higher latency WAN connections.
  30. 30. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits• The optimal work environment for a team of “Revit Modeller” operators is a LAN based Revit Cloud solution. This workflow can be extended to geographically distributed WAN based “Revit Modellers” provisioned over a high speed/low-latency VPN connection on fiber.
  31. 31. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits• The optimal work environment for a team of “Revit Modeller” operators is a LAN based Revit Cloud solution. This workflow can be extended to geographically distributed WAN based “Revit Modellers” provisioned over a high speed/low-latency VPN connection on fiber.• WAN based “Revit Reviewers”, who’s primary activity is the review of the Revit model on the Revit Cloud, rather than being tasked with the “heavy-lifting” role of modifying the Revit model, can be easily accommodated over lower- bandwidth, higher-latency WAN connections. Wan-based “Revit Reviewers” can interface with the Revit Cloud over residential quality copper based connections provided the number of concurrent connections is limited to no more than 2 operators.
  32. 32. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsAnywhere/Anytime Nationwide (and International)Access• The Revit Cloud is designed as a secure and highly-available 24/7/365 Datacentre-based SaaS RemoteApp for both LAN and WAN-based Revit operators and “model reviewers” across a range of client interface devices.
  33. 33. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsAnywhere/Anytime Nationwide (and International)Access• The Revit Cloud is designed as a secure and highly-available 24/7/365 Datacentre-based SaaS RemoteApp for both LAN and WAN-based Revit operators and “model reviewers” across a range of client interface devices.• The Revit Cloud SaaS design fully supports the concept of a mobile yet highly connected Revit-based workforce.
  34. 34. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business Benefits
  35. 35. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsRapid Provisioning• Secure and Rapid Provisioning of Approved Application Image
  36. 36. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsRapid Provisioning• Secure and Rapid Provisioning of Approved Application Image• S&T’s Revit Cloud supports rapid provisioning of approved Revit “images” that are preinstalled, patched to the appropriate build number, and deployed as a Remote Applications to the Revit operator team.
  37. 37. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsRapid Provisioning• Secure and Rapid Provisioning of Approved Application Image• S&T’s Revit Cloud supports rapid provisioning of approved Revit “images” that are preinstalled, patched to the appropriate build number, and deployed as a Remote Applications to the Revit operator team.• Access to all Revit Cloud Remote Applications is controlled by membership of the appropriate security group. A new Revit operator can be added to the appropriate security group and be using an approved Revit Cloud RemoteApp within minutes of joining the project team.
  38. 38. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsImproved Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery• Revit Cloud is designed as a fully redundant failover system, with Revit Cloud Datacentres situated in S&T’s Auckland and Wellington offices.
  39. 39. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsImproved Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery• Revit Cloud is designed as a fully redundant failover system, with Revit Cloud Datacentres situated in S&T’s Auckland and Wellington offices.• RAID-5 SAN storage devices in both offices coupled with inter-office replication technologies underpin the BCP and DR strategies ensuring continuity of service levels with minimal data and productivity loss.
  40. 40. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsImproved Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery• Revit Cloud is designed as a fully redundant failover system, with Revit Cloud Datacentres situated in S&T’s Auckland and Wellington offices.• RAID-5 SAN storage devices in both offices coupled with inter-office replication technologies underpin the BCP and DR strategies ensuring continuity of service levels with minimal data and productivity loss.• The Revit Cloud, SAN and Data Replication services are monitored 24/7 by an accredited IT monitoring agency,
  41. 41. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsUtilisation of Revit Network License Assets• S&T’s Revit Cloud deploys Revit as a discreet RemoteApp utilising 1:1 per-user seats from Autodesk’s Network Licensing Server license pool to ensure compliance with Autodesk’s EULA.
  42. 42. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsUtilisation of Revit Network License Assets• S&T’s Revit Cloud deploys Revit as a discreet RemoteApp utilising 1:1 per-user seats from Autodesk’s Network Licensing Server license pool to ensure compliance with Autodesk’s EULA.• Revit Network Licenses, despite attracting a one-off establishment cost, have the potential to achieve up to 30% higher license utilisation rates in a production environment compared with stand-alone licensing deployments.
  43. 43. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsUtilisation of Revit Network License Assets• S&T’s Revit Cloud deploys Revit as a discreet RemoteApp utilising 1:1 per-user seats from Autodesk’s Network Licensing Server license pool to ensure compliance with Autodesk’s EULA.• Revit Network Licenses, despite attracting a one-off establishment cost, have the potential to achieve up to 30% higher license utilisation rates in a production environment compared with stand-alone licensing deployments.• S&T’s Network License Server can be easily configured to host external consultant’s Revit licenses (on a project basis), thus enabling the external consultant’s Revit operators direct access to the S&T Revit Cloud collaborative environment.
  44. 44. S &T R e v i t C l o u d - Business BenefitsS&T Intellectual PropertyS&T’s Revit Cloud is fully designed and built by S&T’s ICT &BIM Teams and is constituted the intellectual property ofStephenson&Turner NZ Ltd.

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