CAD and Virtualization

Virtualization has progressed considerably in the past few years, but graphics performance has been notoriously poor because VMs (virtual machines) have been unable to take advantage of the host’s video card.  Even if your workstation has the latest from NVidia, ATI, or some other video card manufacturer, the VM has had no way of taking advantage of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing power or VRAM (Video RAM).  There are still a handful of things you can do to optimize graphics performance (for CAD) with virtualizationContinue Reading

What’s New VMware Workstation 7

You skipped Windows Vista, and now you really want to see if Windows 7 is worth the leap.  Or maybe you may want to test SQL Server 2008 installed on Windows Server 2008 for your PDM system.  For many IT professionals today, the solution of choice for these challenges is virtualization.  And if VMware is your virtualization brand of choice, you’ll be glad to know that VMware Workstation 7 is available, with some new features just for those of us in the CAD and 3D arenas.  Continue Reading

What’s New VMware Workstation 7

You skipped Windows Vista, and now you really want to see if Windows 7 is worth the leap.  Or maybe you may want to test SQL Server 2008 installed on Windows Server 2008 for your PDM system.  For many IT professionals today, the solution of choice for these challenges is virtualization.  And if VMware is your virtualization brand of choice, you’ll be glad to know that VMware Workstation 7 is available, with some new features just for those of us in the CAD and 3D arenas.  Continue Reading

Free Virtualization Tools

It’s not uncommon for large organizations to have embraced virtualization, both in the testing environment and for production use.  Many vendors have offerings that make it easier for smaller organizations, or individuals, to take advantage of virtualization too.  In fact, all the major vendors offer free or personal versions of their flagship products.  And you know a software technology has gone mainstream when both Microsoft (with Hyper-V) and Oracle (with VirtualBox) have offerings in the space. Continue Reading

Cyon Research Industry Survey

Cyon Research

Cyon Research is a leading provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets.  They are also known for an annual event, The Congress of the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), that brings together industry vendors, analysts and thought leaders.  On a regular basis (once or twice a year), Cyon conducts industry surveys, the results and associated analysis of which they make available to interested parties for $2,000.  Continue Reading

Look Under the Hood of PDM Systems

Let’s dig a little deeper in this final post on PDM engines (look here for the previous post). I think there are two reasons why it is helpful to have an engine-centric perspective on Product Data Management: to understand when you should/shouldn’t use PDM, and to fuel creative uses of PDM. Those may seem a little counter to each other, but let’s see how they’re related.
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Razorleaf Speaks at CIC 2009

Longview Advisors recently held their 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, wrapping up the event on May 20th. Derek Neiding of Razorleaf co-presented with Wes Shimanek of Intel and Don Richardson of Microsoft at the event’s Post-Conference Workshop on Mobility Technology. Each presented a topic relevant to the session’s mobility theme: enabling engineers to collaborate regardless of platform or presence. Continue Reading