By John Rice, CSC
So you’ve heard the saying, “Every cloud has a PLM lining”… no wait. It’s “Every cloud has a silver lining.”
Meaning: difficult times always lead to better days. Well, the better days are here. Product Lifecycle Management can now be handled in the cloud.
That doesn’t mean throw away your traditional rack servers and immediately jump to the cloud. You should always do your research first. But, if you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars and reduce your stress level, then I’m all for it.
Which provider do I choose?
There are many different cloud providers to choose from with each having its own advantages, disadvantages, similarities and differences. The big players include Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon.
As of now Amazon Web Services, AWS, is the only cloud platform certified to host Teamcenter, Siemens’ answer to PLM. So, AWS is what I am used to working with. One thing in common is that to successfully run and maintain an efficient and finely tuned environment, you have to manage the environment properly.
Managing a cloud-based environment can be difficult. Luckily, AWS has integrated a cloud-management system that will help the process of managing a cloud-based platform seamlessly easier.
Managing your cloud system
Your cloud-based system should at least manage your computing resources, monitor security and provide access to users. AWS’ management console does that and more. Components include Storage, Database, Networking, Administration and Security, Deployment and Management, Analytics, Application Services, Mobile Services, and Enterprise Applications.
These different components allow you to effectively manage and support your cloud-based system. AWS offers tutorials and documentation that covers every aspect to starting and maintaining your environment. See documentation at https://aws.amazon.com/documentation/.
With more companies wanting easy access and lower costs to their systems, stepping into a cloud has never sounded better.
How can you benefit from an easy to use management console?
What are some obstacles that are stopping you from having a cloud-based environment? I’d like to hear from you.