posted on 6/29/2011 4:26:49 PM
The latest version of Dassault Systèmes’ development platform for its PLM, CAD, and simulation software leverages Amazon Web Services, providing customers with a SaaS-based computing architecture and an online community to share content and download applications.
Dassault Systèmes released a new version of its 3D and product lifecycle management collaboration and development platform that, for the first time, will be delivered in a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.
Version 6 2012 (V6R2012) of the platform, which is the foundation for all of Dassault’s PLM, simulation, and CAD software, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company said, providing a flexible subscription model and high-performance computing power to run 3D applications and lifelike virtual experiences.
In addition, Dassault rolled out a new online store and announced a strategic investment in Outscale, a startup providing cloud-based business services.
The online 3DStore is based on 3DSWYM (See What You Mean), the company’s social network for developers to create communities, share content, and download applications.
The Version 6 open platform is said to deliver simple mechanisms to configure on-the-fly, extend with mashup capabilities, and develop new applications and experiences. According to the company, the latest release also introduces new interoperability solutions, based on XML schema and Web services, between Version 6 and other PDM systems, offering bi-directional exchanges of 3D design product. New levels of integration between Version 6 and ERP solutions are also now available, enhancing the exchange of product, process, and resource data.
In addition, Dassault is taking advantage of Amazon Web Services High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions to drive the creation of complex lifelike experiences or 3D virtual environments. The objective, the company said, is to deliver to customers the same computing power that they get today from custom-built infrastructure, while benefiting from the elasticity and flexibility of the AWS cloud.
“Moving PLM to the cloud is a giant step in giving back our customers the freedom, the power, and the agility that they have been longing for,” said Dassault president and CEO Bernard Charlès in a statement. “Amazon Web Services made it possible thanks to the quality of its global, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure.”
Dassault is utilizing the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to provide discrete computing environments for each customer, and the AWS global footprint to provide the best experience for their customers, regardless of their physical location. And by using Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Dassault can store volumes of design data without having to support an extensive array of legacy platforms.
Dassault will rely on Outscale to manage its SaaS operations, the company said, providing 24/7 service and online application availability for its customers.