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The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has so many benefits, but which version is right for you?
When you have the right product in place, you’ll see collaborative, innovative, and sustainable improvements happen naturally as a result. We all want that!
In most instances, there are three main versions of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to choose amongst. Based on your individual or business needs, you’ll have to select a DS public Cloud product, a private Cloud solution, or an on-site setup. But how to know which is best for your needs? Is your best bet behind Door Number 1, 2…how about 3?
To get started, take a virtuous look at your requirements and think about how much energy and effort you want to invest in the life of the software. For additional insight, read this post as we’ll discuss each version and its primary uses. We get into the pros and cons behind each door, if you will. Our goal is to help make your decision an easy one!
The Basics: What is the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?
3DEXPERIENCE is a Dassault product comprised of a cloud-connected suite of design apps known for bringing collaborative design efforts to life. With all the tech advancements out there, a multidisciplinary, integrated process that facilitates collaboration from design through delivery is the way to go. And that just happens to be where the 3DEXPERIENCE platform excels.
The software suite allows for a cloud-based, seamless product development workflow. What’s more, the platform is flexible enough to be a good fit for organizations of all sizes. The product website sums it up nicely by saying it’s “an expanding portfolio of interconnected tools to manage every aspect of your product lifecycle.”
With SOLIDWORKS 2020, specifically, Dassault is integrating SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create what’s called the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio. What does this mean for you, the user? You can count on seamless collaboration and communication tools being built-in, security, shared access that comes standard, and quality content management that is easy and intuitive.
Which Version of 3DEXPERIENCE Is Best for You?
Okay, we know that 3DEXPERIENCE is a desirable product. Now, let’s take an in-depth look at each version to help you choose between DS public Cloud, private Cloud, and on-site hosting.
Door 1: Dassault Systemès (DS) Public Cloud Hosting
This is essentially a hosted cloud service provided by the 3DEXPERIENCE manufacturer, Dassault. With this version, while you may need to install native apps locally, you won’t need to install any server-based software at all. You subscribe and allow DS access to your data. They basically handle the rest and you can rest–assured that your data is being stored securely!
This is perfect for situations where you’re short on time to install or you lack IT resources in your organization. If you’re a small to a mid-sized company who just wants the software suite’s benefits without the headache of maintaining it, this is the route for you.
Door 2: Private Cloud Hosting
The private cloud option allows you to host the software in a private cloud solution of your choice. Since this is still a hosted service, you won’t need a vast IT knowledge and staff to support, and you can easily scale to fit your needs as they evolve.
However, some cloud environments aren’t supported, and you can’t run this version on a virtual machine. Be sure to factor those things in before going this route.
Door 3: On-Site Hosting
With this version, you can manage the software on your own terms, within your own network. This also means that this option comes with the work of all the maintenance and sustainability efforts required. You’ll need competent IT staff, the required resources, and the server network to make this version viable for you.
With this version, though, you will have much more control. You can access your information at any time, with or without internet access, and there is no restriction on data loading. Plus, the customization options are only as limited as your IT resources and basic program parameters.
If you have the resources, including an awesome IT staff, this may be the best choice for you.
DesignPoint: Your Partner in Transforming Your 3D Efforts
We hope that taking a closer look at each option has made it clear which is right for your needs. When you’re ready to level up your business and embrace the future of 3D software with the unmatched 3DEXPERIENCE platform, reach out to us!
DesignPoint helps you streamline and transform your work using top-quality 3D design products and tools like SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE, as well as the best-selling 3D printers.
It’s time to optimize your efforts by using all the tools at your disposal, and we can help. DesignPoint is dedicated to helping our clients leverage the top 3D technology to work smarter, not harder!