Cloud Design System Helps Industry Digital Transformation

01 Understanding Digital Technology

Digital Technology (hereinafter referred to as Digital) is a professional software service provider established in 2004, headquartered in Shanghai, with branches in Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Hebei. It has five basic business sections, namely software consulting, software asset management, software compliance management, network security maintenance, and cloud system integration.

Digital, as a vertical cloud service provider in the design field, has officially entered the shadowless ecosystem of Alibaba Cloud, and has reached multiple cooperation agreements with Alibaba Cloud's shadowless ecosystem. At the same time, they have also conducted many cooperative practices.

◾ Application Center of Shadowless Cloud: Digital has accumulated years of software compliance experience, playing a protective role in the path of cloud compliance for Shadowless applications.

◾ Cloud desktop performance optimization: Digital has 17 years of service experience in the design industry, and has conducted sufficient research on the computing power needs and usage habits of customer scenarios. Digital mainly provides professional optimization solutions to help Wuying in the design industry.

◾ Creating a New Scene for Cloud Office in the Large Design Industry: In the future, Digital will work together with Alibaba Cloud to create a new scene for cloud office in the large design industry, making cloud design no longer distant.

The current situation of the 02 design industry places higher demands on computational power

According to data from Design China, there are currently over 17 million designers working in China. As of the end of 2020, there were 15.46 million enterprises in China, with an average of 1.1 designers per enterprise. The global designer population accounts for 19%, while Asia accounts for 45%. This is a very large group and application scenario.

Designers are divided into many types, including well-known architectural design, interior design, product design, industrial design, advertising design, website design, etc. There are over 15 million enterprises, almost every of which has a designer, involving a large variety and a high proportion, such as product design accounting for 28%, architectural design accounting for 16%, and industrial design accounting for 11%.

With the upgrading of application software and tool software, the design industry has undergone significant changes compared to the traditional era. In terms of the construction industry, storage dimension, and mobile office, there is a high demand for computing power and office environment, and the industry's current situation has also undergone significant changes:

◾ Real time rendering has increased requirements for graphics cards. With software upgrades, commonly used design software has gradually shifted from offline rendering to real-time rendering, with increasing demands on local graphics cards. Local configurations can no longer meet the needs of real-time rendering.

◾ The local configuration of the design company cannot meet production needs. With the increasing demand from customers, especially the widespread application of BIM technology in the architectural design industry, design solutions need to be presented in a visual manner, and local configurations cannot meet actual needs.

◾ The branch is facing severe challenges. The current branch storage methods are not unified, and there is a lack of effective centralized data management mechanism; Each branch builds storage separately, and multiple backups result in resource waste; And resources cannot be shared between branches.

◾ Local Storage security control is weak, and data backup is lacking. If the machine malfunctions or is subjected to virus extortion, it can lead to unusable files and leaked design solutions, affecting production.

◾ Designers are experiencing more "mobile office" scenarios. Remote, on-site, travel or home office work, and project on-site reporting are currently common work scenarios for designers. Designers need to move heavy workstations to office locations, especially during the construction site process, and also need to protect expensive hardware equipment.

◾ The application of BIM requires high computational power for computer hardware. This is also the reason why it is difficult to implement BIM applications during the construction phase. The on-site construction environment makes it difficult to provide so many hardware configurations for BIM applications.

03 Cloud computing power will be the future of digital infrastructure in the design industry

With the development of the design industry highlighted, Digital believes that the new future of the infrastructure of Digital transformation of the design industry - the cloud of computing power is mainly reflected in three aspects:

◾ Cloud based IT infrastructure is an important milestone for design enterprises in the future.

◾ Many enterprise data needs to be kept confidential, and many self built private cloud computing platforms also aim for flexibility.

◾ At present, the proportion of the public cloud market to the private cloud market can reach 1:1, and in the future, the public cloud may dominate more cloud computing power markets.

In the future, the cloudization of computing power can help the design industry develop towards higher effectiveness, higher efficiency, and cloud design collaboration, helping design professionals better achieve innovation.

Firstly, effectiveness is crucial for the design industry. Design solutions need to be updated in real time. Currently, owners have diverse needs, high innovation, and significant technical challenges. While ensuring terminal data synchronization at any time, it is also necessary to ensure support for collaboration among designers from different locations, enabling real-time access to the latest design solutions for collaborative work.

Secondly, efficiency, how to achieve high efficiency or agility, and how to obtain high computing power anytime and anywhere to cope with large-scale design scenarios, will play an important role in the rapid development of the design industry.

Finally, there is cloud design collaboration, also known as the full lifecycle of the cloud, which is called the full lifecycle of design data in the industry. The high reusability of design data represents the value transmission of the entire life cycle of design data, which means that after a house is designed in the front-end, the delivery of design data is not only the delivery of drawings and BIM models, but also the renovation, expansion, decoration, property management, community, and virtual community that the owner may reuse after using these data, This is very helpful for extending the use of design data.

Currently, Alibaba Cloud Shadowless Cloud Computers rely on the computing, storage, and network resources accumulated and accumulated by Alibaba Cloud over the past decade, which can not only provide designers with computing power anytime and anywhere, but also ensure that data does not fall to the ground or crash, better ensuring data security.

04 The Road to Comprehensive Cloudization Begins, Assisting Innovation in the Design Industry

Three years ago, most of the design companies of Digital Services were guiding enterprises to go to the cloud when transmitting cloud concepts to customers. However, by 2021, many of our service design companies have been actively asking us how to go to the cloud.

The shift from passive cloud adoption to proactive cloud adoption by enterprises indicates a significant change in the entire cloud environment, and the shift from high functional requirements to high performance requirements by enterprises is also a significant shift that deserves attention.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and Digital Technology also hopes that the digital innovation and transformation of design enterprises will gradually begin with the enterprise going to the cloud. With the support of Alibaba Cloud's powerful elastic computing power, it can bring new paths for industrial development for design enterprises, and all innovative enterprises can jointly embark on a new era of comprehensive cloud access.

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