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How to Explain “the Cloud” to Coworkers or the Man on the Street
3:30 am  .   April 21, 2014  .   admin

We know that all of you AutoCAD 360  users are well versed in cloud computing. But would you know how to explain the cloud to the guy on the street if you had to? What if you need to convince a potential partner or client of the advantages of working in the cloud (say, using your free CAD software)?

Today, we give you a quick run down on how to explain the benefits of using and working in the cloud.

Before the Cloud

At its most basic, the cloud turns computing power (software and storage) from a product into a service. Way back in the olden days, you’d store your files and your software on your personal computer—which brought with it the following disadvantages:

  • Performance: Like a new car, your PC starts to depreciate the moment you bring it home—the speed of your processor, for example, is only going to get slower
  • Storage: Your PC has a limited amount of storage space, and you can run out of room (which means having to buy an external hard drive)
  • Backup: You have to manually back up your files overnight (another reason to invest in an external hard drive or two); otherwise, crashes caused by viruses or hardware failure can mean lost data
  • Purchasing: You have to buy your own copies of software programs, which would have to be updated or risk becoming obsolete
  • Scaling: Want to expand your business by updating your systems or through new hires? You’re looking at a significant cash outlay for new machines and software. Need to scale back? All that extra hardware and software will just be sitting there, not making you money
  • File transfer: If you need to transport large data files, you’re locked into using floppy disks, CDs, or memory sticks
  • Access: you won’t have instant access to the data, products, and services you need

Life in the Cloud

When you’re working in the cloud, you’re still working on your own PC or device. But you’re no longer limited to the storage capabilities and processing power of your own personal machine. Instead, you’re leveraging the power of a large supercomputer. The benefits of this are tremendous:

  • Performance: You’re always using the performance power of a supercomputer
  • Storage: You can scale the amount of storage you have up or down based on how much you need—just click a button and pay for only what you use
  • Backup: The cloud acts as the primary backup for all of your files
  • Purchasing: You can buy what you need, when you need it, with a relatively low barrier to entry on price
  • Scaling: Turn services on and off as and when you need them—you never need find yourself under- or over-resourced
  • File transfer: Rather than having to go through the process of copying files to a disk and sending them to others, you simply grant access to other users through an admin panel of any file size
  • Access: You can try out services for a limited time to see if you like them, and if you don’t, you’re not left with an expensive purchase you’re never going to use.

Oftentimes it’s helpful to provide an example, and AutoCAD 360 is a great example of the advantages of the cloud. It’s free or, if you go Pro, will only set you back $5 a month. It stores your files in the app and syncs your files through Autodesk or third party cloud storage, helping to keep your machine lean and mean. And you can access it on your computer or any mobile device, anytime.

So do you think we did a good job explaining the cloud in a way that your coworkers or man on the street could understand? If we did, why not go ahead and share it with them. How was it made your life easier? Let us know. And check back next week for AutoCAD 360 tips and tricks (and more).