Does Infrastructure Still Matter with Solutions from Dassault Systèmes?

By Matthew
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On behalf of Kay Freund, IBM NA Ecosystem Marketing, kfreund@us.ibm.com

Multiple industries

Participating in the 3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum (#3DXforum) in early July 2014 in Paris, I saw impressive new 3D EXPERIENCEs.  What great progress, making possible another set of business-level innovations that will require a very robust computing infrastructure to assure user interactivity.  This reinforced the importance of our IBM initiatives with Dassault Systemes to make sure that the necessary infrastructure will be there for V6 and 3DEXPERIENCE solutions!  IBM provides infrastructure of servers, storage and software, listed in the Dassault Systèmes supported operating environment, which can help you get started quickly and scale as your usage needs.

Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA)

 

Why does it matter?  This infrastructure can reduce the Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA) for Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE V6 with ENOVIA, V5 with ENOVIA or SIMULIA Abaqus software.     Let’s look at several examples:

 

Just there, the infrastructure for COE V6 Discovery Project

The COE V6 Discovery project helped a number of companies’ users to discover directly how to best get started with V6.   To allow this discovery, they used the IBM smarter infrastructure of POWER7 server with DB2 and WAS.  These smarter systems are tuned to improve the performance and efficiency of the Dassault Systèmes portfolio and reduce costs by using out of the box virtualization to improve resource usage, manage risk and speed implementation so that the users can focus on their “V6 discovery”.  We knew that we could just run the COE V6 Discovery project because similar systems are virtualized to support many customers’ development, test and production environments of V6 and/or V5.  POWER8 is available.

When should you decide to use DB2 and POWER for ENOVIA?

Each V6 implementation requires a relational database so just consider DB2 when lower cost and higher performance matter. DB2 advantages include lower total cost of acquisition, lower database maintenance costs, especially when virtualization and sub-capacity licensing are used, lower staff workloads and increase scalability.  In one way, I “just” need to pick one of the supported relational data base.  However, as I look at budget, I become motivated to see license and operational savings considerations.  Specifically, DB2 uses less memory, storage and computing time from adaptive compression and faster index performance. Reduced administration is because of DB2 automatic maintenance, storage optimization, faster backup, self-tuning and self healing. DB2 has better scale-out efficiency, superior system reliability and faster set up for high availability. Because ENOVIA is compute intensive and many customers have multiple environments (i.e. development, test, production), DB2 is needed on a subset of the cores so DB2 sub-capacity licensing can significantly reduce total cost of acquisition (TCA) compared to Oracle.  See the article with embedded videos here.

Starting and scaling with 3D simulation

Does it matter for the specialty simulation apps?   Oh yeah!  That’s why we did the IBM Application Ready Solution for Abaqus, a powerful technical computing solution that simplifies and accelerates the simulation environment. This solution, developed in partnership with Dassault Systèmes, provides the system, storage and pre-integrated cluster workload and High Performance Computing (HPC) cloud management software components. This solution helps you quickly and easily deploy, run, and manage a high performance Abaqus computing environment for simulation processes including pre-processing, solving, and post-processing.  See more here.

Like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the infrastructure is consistently innovating.  I hope the market opportunity will continue to bring these innovations together going forward!

  • Transforming your industry requires a cloud provider who has done the same.  See www.softlayer.com .
  • POWER8 and the OpenPower Foundation break open the innovation walls, including a partnership with NVIDIA.  POWER8 provides high level of performance, security and reliability with AIX exploiting decades of IBM technology innovation.  POWER8 processor and architecture handles bigger data demands in the cloud — delivering faster insights and an expanded Linux-based open server ecosystem.  See the IBM POWER8 announcement here and the OpenPower Foundation here.

 

Getting the right infrastructure is easier that ever.  To start or deliver faster, please contact Yves Gastellu at yves_gastellu@fr.ibm.com or see the website. 

 

Blue Ribbon Deal for Dassault Systèmes

By Kate
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Blue RibbonBig Blue, no, not the Luc Besson film released in 1988, but the International Business Machines Corporation launched as the Tabulating Machine Company in 1896, has signed an agreement to integrate its PLM division to Dassault Systèmes.

This is a significant event for IBM and Dassault Systèmes, partners for 28 years.

While not the typically type of thing we talk about here at 3D Perspectives, I wanted to at least highlight the news and pass you to the official press release and the Bernard Charlès video.

What I find most interesting from a 3D Perspectives standpoint is the plan “to establish DS as an IBM Global Alliance Partner and expand their services partnership.” I especially look forward to seeing how the new partnership’s cloud computing work will develop.

For one thing’s certain: cloud computing and PLM together have a bright future.

Last May I polled 3D Perspectives readers about their cloud computing concerns. If you want to see the results, just answer the still-active polls here.

The second poll shows IP security as the top cloud concern, and I must admit I share this concern, especially when we’re talking about open innovation. How do you provide a framework for open innovation and crowdsourcing while protecting everyone’s intellectual property?

‘Would love to know what you think . . .

Best,

Kate

P.S.

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The Secret Sauce?

By Derek
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OK, I know Perspectives is supposed to be about 3D and Innovation. But, I gotta be up front. I’m going to skip the 3D for a second.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the COE User Group – an anniversary that was celebrated at last week’s COE Annual Spring Conference and Technifair. This year’s event was held in Seattle with Dassault Systèmes and IBM, COE’s founding partners, in attendance (of course). Despite the tough economic times, a whole host of COE members and DS partners showed up. Sure, fewer than last year, but… the dedication and vibrancy of the organization was only more evident in these times. Even some competitors showed up, hoping to sneak in and see the latest on the PLM front from the industry leader and its customers.

I was struck by the community’s dedication. Some of these guys have been coming to this event for 20+ years! I know there are similar user orgs with similar levels of dedication out there in the software world (especially in the CAD world… SolidWorks users, I’m lookin’ at you!). But, for a company that focuses so much on collaboration, seeing the interaction going on between DS and its users was revealing. No wonder DS believes so strongly in collaboration as an enabler of innovation. We’ve plainly benefited from this very paradigm.

I watched Kevin Fowler of Boeing Commercial Aircraft discuss his company’s cutting edge implementation of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM solutions on the 787 aircraft program. And you know, he didn’t sugar coat it. He didn’t give a standard customer event puff piece. He laid it out. Good (lots!) and not so good (some challenges which they –successfully – faced). But he wrapped it up with an honest assessment, as captured by Rita Stange of ConnectPress in her summary article: “he concluded by saying that he can’t speak highly enough of the V5 capabilities.”

I watched users stand in the hall and talk to their DS counterparts about migration issues, about new functionality, about requests for changes.

I listened to open exchanges between board members and senior DS execs. I saw (tough) questions asked and answered. I saw competitor FUD dispelled by simply discussing the issues clearly, in the light of day (well, maybe ‘light of the main stage’). I saw decisions made, action items slated, all before a large audience.

Every comment, every idea, every suggestion going towards better software, better solutions, better strategies.

There is no doubt in my mind that DS’s passion for innovation and collaboration stems partly from this constant interaction. We are only half the innovation equation. Would we lead the PLM marketplace without this? Without the collaboration between our users and us? Would DS be nearly what it is without 25 years of collaborative innovation?

No.

Derek Lane is Dassault Systèmes’ Americas PR manager and a regular COE attendee.