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DriveWorks Hosting Partner, EpiGrid, Host DriveWorks Configurators in the Cloud

EpiGrid offers cloud computing and managed services to engineering and manufacturing companies.

Founded by engineers, EpiGrid has chosen to specialise in applications that support the manufacturing and engineering functions. Applications can be in the cloud, on premise or a mixture of both with the EpiGrid hybrid compute architecture.

EpiGrid joined the DriveWorks Partner Program in May 2015 as a Hosting Partner. Their solution for DriveWorks gives customers a new advantage in the marketplace and the ability to adapt to new technologies and competitors.

Recently they’ve been working with DriveWorks customer, Oiles America Corporation, and we caught up with EpiGrid to find out more.

Hosting DriveWorks for Oiles America Corporation

EpiGrid hosts and supports Oiles America Corporation’s entire engineering IT compute environment in the cloud, which includes DriveWorks, SOLIDWORKS CAD and PDM.

The services that we provide for Oiles include:

  • Desktop virtualization (VDI) with applications hosted in the cloud
  • Network architecture optimization and development
  • System and application administration and consultation

The Oiles environment includes multiple servers within a private network and users access the cloud-based servers using VPN connections. It was created using multiple servers arranged in a hosted private domain where individual servers were allocated to perform certain tasks.

Evolving the Hosting Environment

Initially Oiles selected EpiGrid to host DriveWorks and EPDM in the cloud, with a dedicated server environment. Due to the hosted nature of the environment, Oiles have been able to leverage our other resources to steadily build out the system using various service providers.

This meant that Oiles were able to overcome internal resource restraints and schedule requirements with an environment that is easily and economically scaled.

Applying Continued Training and DriveWorks Knowledge

Aside from hosting, we also provide managed services, which means we have specific expertise for each application that we support.

Working with Oiles, we understand their workflows and because we understand DriveWorks too, we can provide a great service.

DriveWorks World

DriveWorks World, DriveWorks’ annual technical training event was amazing, it was very beneficial and we had the opportunity to meet a lot of DriveWorks customers, including Ray McDaniel from Oiles America Corporation.

We find the kind of environment that DriveWorks World provides very interesting. The architecture of the DriveWorks product line lends itself very well to the cloud hosted, managed service approach that EpiGrid offers so we were pleased to be involved.

Oiles America Corporation and EpiGrid

We also caught up with Ray McDaniel, CAD Engineer at Oiles America Corporation, to find out more about their experience with EpiGrid as a DriveWorks Hosting Partner.

“EpiGrid is a valued partner that has provided a hosted environment for both SOLIDWORKS PDM and DriveWorks for Oiles America Corporation. EpiGrid remains a company that we plan on working with as more products come online and to further integrate DriveWorks with other software packages that we are using.”

Members of the EpiGrid team and Oiles America Corporation joined us at our annual value added technical event for DriveWorks users—DriveWorks World.

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