Cloud Based PLM On Demand

Prodeos, a French PLM service and consulting company, is offering PLM on Demand using the Cloud. Prodeos is one of Aras’s systems integration partners and has several Aras Innovator instances installed and configured on Amazon EC2 infrastructure. They are offering 15 day trials to make it easier for companies to try Aras Innovator without the hassle of having to install the software on their hardware. Or for that matter set aside some of their hardware to do the testing on stie. There’s more. If you are considering implementing a PLM solution in your company and have a pilot project, Prodeos can quickly configure it for you on one of their Aras Innovator instances.

For those who don’t know Aras Innovator is an open source PLM system developed by Aras. There is no license cost. Of course you need to pay people like Prodeos to implement it in your company. But if you have an internal IT team capable of doing that they all you need to pay is their salary, which you are doing anyways. 😉

As regards the pilot project, it will cost you at least 22 Euros a day. This includes the set up of Aras Innovator and technical support. After you are done implementing, testing and validating your pilot project you can continue with the cloud if you desire. Otherwise you can export your database and import it into your own on-site infrastructure.

Further Reading: Aras Innovator: PLM Done Differently

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, what servers you need to have to run Aras on AWS? I wonder if this is just about running VMWare somewhere on the net… In my view “cloud” need to be clarified – PLM, Cloud Mashup and Terminological Game – http://beyondplm.com/2011/01/08/plm-cloud-mashup-and-terminological-games/. Best, Oleg

    • I think Amazon will handle that. I had an instance of Aras Innovator running on Windows Server 2008 R2 on my basic Dell server in office

      • Anonymous

        Amazon is pretty expensive. I wonder who will pay to cost of servers and traffic. Since Aras is free of license cost, most of the people can decide to buy a server and run it there. Otherwise there is something in this model we don’t understand yet.

        • I think the point of having it run on the cloud is to try out the system easily without interrupting your normal business IT infrastructure. Thereafter, you are free to take your stuff and install it locally.

          • Anonymous

            So, the whole point of cloud is to make a try?

          • Sure. After trying, do the math and logistics and figure out whether its worth continuing with the cloud or taking it on-site.

          • Anonymous

            I disagree a bit. For every company having data center is much cheaper to put one more virtual server rather than play with cloud servers. However, if Prodeous or Aras will pay for AWS, the situation can be different. So, the whole case is not clear…

          • Exactly, and we have no doubt that our chances to have a company using Aras in Production hosted on the cloud is close to zero!
            But that’s not the aim. The aim is for trial and mainly for Pilot project for which it’s easy for both the customer and us to access the system.

          • Anonymous

            The trial opportunity is interesting. Do you have any numbers measuring how many companies are actually interested in such a path – 1/trial on AWS; 2/ production in the house? If a company has VMWare or Xen installed to set up an additional virtual machine is a trivial task for IT. Just my thoughts…

        • Example of our first customer using amazon hosted instance. Before starting a large scale implementation of Aras, they want to see the capabilities of the tool to fit their customizing and reporting needs. We have already made two pilot, both hosted on Amazon. invoiced 22€/weekday for hosting and support + dev cost.
          Now they’ll be able to present the instance to the group to decide if they go for a large implementation. Until today it had no impact on their system.
          Free has never been their first requirement, they use Nx for CAD and Teamcenter for PDM. They just needed a very flexible tool with a simple project management module on the top.
          (I feel like giving a lot of customer’s info, but that’s what we miss, real life case stories!)

    • Hi Oleg, for me you have a cloud as soon as you have more than one server and by virtualization they appear as one system on which you run as many (virtual) servers as you want and share/balance power, memory,etc… to fit every application/feature needs. Then it opens many opportunities that are also identified (by mistake) as cloud. Its just like the issue with the meaning PLM. To me PLM just means managing product lifecycle related information. So configuration management can be a part of it for example but is not PLM.

      Regarding the server, on AWS you need a windows server with SQL (express for trial and limited scale deployment). With already installed image, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to launch a new server with Aras Innovator Installed.

  • 22€/day includes hosting support to manage your server, your windows install and your Aras Install (not including Aras use support). So you get rid of some of the work the server admin would do. Why would you get a physical server nowaday?

    • Anonymous

      Yoann, I’m not trying to focus on physical servers, but just want to put things in proportion. I don’t think (maybe I’m wrong), there are many manufacturing companies these days that relies on 100% of cloud-based server resources. For those that have non-cloud, to put an additional virtual server is cheap and easy. I think, there are some combination of company, needs, cost implications that can make AWS solution attractive. I’m just trying to figure out what is that? Best, Oleg