Impact of the Cloud in EDA
I was recently out at DesignCon and did a couple of interviews with Andy Shaughnessy from PCB007. As we were discussing our CR-8000 solution in our first interview, the topic of network configurations and support for the cloud came up and I shared some of my thoughts with him.
As Zuken looks at the needs of our customers now and in the future, it’s clear that cloud computing will be part of how companies deploy their software applications and manage their data. Companies continue to expand their operations globally and require the ability to design anywhere and manufacturer anywhere. So, being able to securely access data and applications without being directly connected to a corporate intranet is becoming important for product design teams.
Securing the corporate cloud
Another topic that came up during our discussion was security. This is definitely an issue facing companies as they look to understand how corporate cloud computing can benefit them and adopt it as another component of their network infrastructure. The level of concern varies between those who want to implement corporate cloud computing, and those who are considering accessing external services for using the cloud to handle corporate data. Companies seeking to implement their own solution face challenges in resources and acquiring the right talent to deploy their own cloud. On the other hand, the primary concern for companies using external services for storing and serving data from a cloud is the strength of encryption for secure access of data and the location where the data is being hosted from.
Companies are also limited by wireless bandwidth for data transfer. Many applications operate and transfer data between clients or applications across the network using the cloud. However, working with large file sizes or running applications can be difficult with the bandwidth available now. With a greater availability of true 4G LTE networks, we’ll see some of these barriers removed, and if we look further into next generation wireless technology, we should expect to see more applications available to be accessed from corporate clouds.
Zuken and the cloud
We work closely with our customers to make sure we stay ahead of their needs. Solutions such as CR-8000 Design Force were developed to allow companies to host their product design environment in the manner that is most secure and cost-effective; and this includes the ability to support cloud computing.
I am certainly looking forward to the future and watching how the electronic system design process continues to evolve, and how the new technologies can help engineers and designers collaborate more effectively.
View the interview with Andy Shaughnessy of PCBDesign007:
‘Zuken Keeps its Eyes on the Cloud‘
Additional Zuken interviews while at DesignCon
- CR-8000 – From Concept to Manufacturing
PCB Design007 guest editor Kelly Dack quizzes Zuken’s Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Humair Mandavia, about Zuken’s new CR-8000 suite of tools that promises a fresh approach to design solutions, from concept to manufacture.
- EDACafé’s Graham Bell: New CR-8000: Multi-board System-level Design Solution
CR-8000 – Find out more…
Want to know more about CR-8000? Check out these resources:
- CR-8000: Concept-to-manufacturing, multi-board system design
Overview pages, that include:
- Management introduction movie to CR-8000
- Introductions to the CR-8000 design flow
- Introductions to the component products that make up the CR-8000 design flow