‘If an engineering business is going to keep up with the trends, it needs to start adopting simulation-enabled cloud services sooner, rather than later’


working for larger companies – while those working for medium and small companies split the remainder at 29 per cent each. However, smaller companies appear to be adopting the cloud faster than others, with 44 per cent of respondents working for small companies reporting that they plan to implement the cloud in the next 12 months – compared to those working for large- and medium-sized companies report 35 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.

‘If an engineering business is going

to keep up with the trends, it needs to start adopting simulation-enabled cloud services sooner rather than later. In general, respondents are saying the companies they work for are engaged in cloud-based solutions, because they are looking for flexibility and lower cost,’ added Slagter. Survey respondents reported the three main reasons why companies are moving

to the cloud are; the ability to scale up quickly, lower overall costs and lower maintenance costs. ‘Considering the reasons companies

are adopting the cloud, any firm lagging behind competition should start to implement some fundamental cloud best- practices and adoption procedures,’ said Slagter.

Cloud best-practices Firms that have not yet chosen to adopt cloud-based simulation tools can look at some of the best practices that have been discovered by the study. The top three cloud best-practices noted by the survey’s respondents were; test and share potential time savings with decision-makers, address concerns such as security early in the process and the ability to start with small cloud investments. ‘Engineers will need to perform many

tests to make sure that decision-makers clearly see the benefits of the cloud. ‘They will need to understand how the cloud saves time and how that translates into productivity gains, increased throughput, reduced time-to-market and cost savings. ‘Many respondents noted that having

lofty goals during the start of a cloud simulation initiative can undermine the entire enterprise. They suggest finding small simulation projects that have been

difficult to support with internal resources. Then, launch a pilot to prove that the cloud has value. Engineers who target the pain points of these particular projects should quickly gain support to expand the cloud to other systems,’ added Slagter. Moving to the cloud is not a one-

size-fits-all solution to computing and engineering challenges. This is why the survey and the wider cloud market, in general, find users are adopting a mix of on-premise, partner-managed and hybrid cloud approaches. Slagter predicts that over the next 12 months that mix will continue to change, as more users begin to adopt managed solutions. This will be in the form of either managed software-as-a-service (SaaS) from an independent software vendor (ISV), where the software provider also provides the cloud infrastructure; a combination of a private cloud and an ISV-managed SaaS solution; a partner- managed cloud using public data centres or a combination of private cloud and partner-managed cloud. ‘Many companies are already

capitalising on cloud-enabled simulation and a growing number of others are preparing to do so shortly. With on- demand access to HPC resources, these organisations have been and will be, able to accelerate their simulation activities,’ concluded Slagter.

12 Scientific Computing World October/November 2019

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