When your ability to compete is measured in minutes, you can’t waste a second with unreliable Internet connections. Ecessa allows us to add far more devices and look five years ahead. Some competitive products don’t have the ability to grow with your enterprise.
There is no margin of error when you are engineering skyscrapers, bridges, spacecraft and medical devices. People’s lives depend on the accuracy of your work. Your team is on the hook all day, every day. They, in turn, rely on your network. It can’t go down, it can’t slow down, it must work optimally all day, every day. Never down. No exceptions.
Engineering firms have been leading the adoption of promising technologies for decades. Computer technologies such as CAD, GIS and 3D modeling, just to name a few, have enabled great advancements. Today, engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing have the potential to reduce the time and cost of projects by leveraging the processing power of multiple computers in the cloud to visualize, design, and simulate their ideas.
Design optimization is one such tool, according to Bob Williams, the product marketing manager for Autodesk Simulation. “The problem has always been that simulations take a while to perform, so companies typically do two, three simulations in the development cycle for validation or product behavior prediction. While simulation is perfect for optimization, there just wasn’t time to do it.” He believes cloud computing will allow simulation users to move past simple validation of parts to their optimization, because the actual number-crunching can now be pushed to the cloud.
The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) says using cloud-based services can also save a lot of money in terms of capital investments and labor and provide other advantages such as global access, disaster recovery, and better interoperability between operators.
Dr. John Michopoulos, head of Computational Multiphysics Systems Lab at the Naval Research Laboratory, agrees that the benefits of cloud computing are appealing for engineers, and identifies a potential vulnerability – the connection to the cloud. “If you can’t access the server that has your data, it can result in delays.”
The issue of WAN connectivity, whether it is to connect a firm’s distributed offices using a secure VPN, or to connect employees to cloud resources, is of critical importance. Unfortunately, carrier and ISP connections often suffer line degradation and even failure due to construction mishaps, natural disasters, failed equipment and negligence. The need for multiple, disparate data links is often overlooked, even by the brightest minds.
When the flow of data is crucial to your organization, then the transit must likewise be viewed as critical. Redundant links, automatic failover, traffic shaping, load balancing and virtualization should all be considered part of healthy network design. For the sake of your business, you need to make sure your network is never down.
Luckily, we at Ecessa are experts in this field. We don’t engineer bridges or skyscrapers or heart valves, but we do design the best WAN link controllers. We will ensure your wide area network stays connected, balanced and optimized so your systems keep moving.
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