We are always reviewing our methodologies for deploying Pro/E & other software.
As new capabilities become available, we wonder if we can leverage them to improve productivity and/or reduce costs.
Recently, the topic of licensing and hosting came up.
If your company has done any of the following for Pro/E or other compute-intensive applications, I would like to hear about of your successes.
* On-Demand licensing. Software as a service.
We are like most companies. We buy licenses, and pay annual maintenance.
However, our actual needs vary from year to year, and sometimes from month to month.
Therefore, the number of licenses we have are to ensure we can handle the worst-case scenario.
The result is that we use only 1/3 of our licenses 95% of the time.
We envision a future environment where we only pay for the licenses we actually use (maintenance or lease).
Imagine an "odometer" that tracks how long the licenses are checked-out.
At the end of each month/quarter/year, we would pay the vendor a fee based upon the accumulated usage during the period.
Has PTC ever done anything like this, or discussed the possibility?
Otherwise, might there be an equivalent method?
* Hosted compute environment.
Using hosted servers is nothing new.
In fact we already have a Windows terminal server so that our UNIX users have access to Windows applications.
They access the server with a UNIX version of the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client.
But imagine if all users had a simple, low-end PC, that acted only as a terminal client.
Everyone would RDC to a terminal/blade server.
The blade/virtualization software would balance the loads to ensure that everyone get the computing power they need.
As software become more demanding, we add better blades to the server, but would not need to change anything at the user's desk.
Software would be rolled out at the server only, eliminating desktop installation issues.
However, I would be concerned about graphic performance for Pro/E and other 3D applications (OpenGL).
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