With Cloudalize, it becomes very easy for trainers and CAD training centers to give BIM and CAD courses. Cloudalize cloud computing offers a lightweight solution to deploy the infrastructure necessary to power the learning environments expected today.
Trainers and training centers for BIM and graphical software courses (e.g. Revit training) are having a hard time getting the expensive hardware and software ready in time. Hardware is aging fast and needs regular maintenance or renewal, while software comes with consistent and regular updates. On the other hand, trainers need mobility to have in-house or out-house training on different locations. This, along with the ever changing number of trainees per course or edition, illustrates that there is a clear need for flexibility to deploy BIM workstations and IT environments on demand.
Cloud computing to the rescue
Cloud technology is a powerful agent of change for education. With Desktop as a Service (DaaS), you can rent an entire desktop computing environment. This eliminates the costs of expensive on-premises and investments in stand-alone software or servers. The data on the virtual desktop is stored on a remote server, separate from the physical device. This means that trainers and their students are no longer tied to their fixed workstations at school. You can access your cloud training workstations for Revit courses from anywhere at anytime. Run high demanding programs such as Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhinoceros 3D and 3Ds Max on any device. You can start working on a 3D model in class and continue working on the same model at home.
One of the most valuable benefits of cloud computing is that you can increase power and scale on demand. With Cloudalize for example, you can easily deploy a variable number of powerful virtual CAD workstations and multiply this blueprint according to the number of training participants. You pay only for the the number of desktops and data storage you need.
Cloud computing provides many other savings, such as being able to support bring-your-own-device policies (BYOD). This allows training centers to focus on their main goals while still providing the needed computing power to their students.
Cloud computing in practice
Examples of training centers embracing cloud computing and benefiting from using it are plentiful. Kirstin Bunsendal, for example, is an architect and BIM consultant and has been using Cloudalize for her Revit Autodesk training courses:
“When I first came across the services of Cloudalize I was immediately fascinated. Being a BIM (Building Information Modeling) expert and setting up my own business in consulting means that I have to reinvent myself and invent a way to deliver my services to my clients in the best way with little resources. Lecturing BIM needs to be – in my view – the BIM way. I should not just be explaining what BIM is, but also make my clients see, look and feel, what BIM is. I am looking for a way to spend as little time in IT and most of my effort in producing and delivering my CAD training. Buying a big pile of laptops, caring them around and maintaining them was just not an option. Cloudalize gives me the freedom to travel light and have as many PCs ready on demand as I need for my CAD training courses. The speed and performance for complex 3D Modeling and visualization on my cloud computing PC is even better than on most local computers. I will use Cloudalize for my workshop www.bim-PRAXISwerkstatt.de and for more services to come.”
– Kirstin Bunsendal, business owner at k-BIM