Author – Bill Bulkeley
Responding to growing customer adoption of bring-your-own-device strategies and virtual desktops, PTC announced a number of PTC Creo applications that will be supported in virtual environments.
Mike Campbell, executive vice president at PTC, predicted that a number of the company’s biggest customers will adopt virtualization.
“I’ve been surprised by how much interest customers have expressed in the new offering,” Campbell said.
The virtualized environment is being licensed under the same financial terms as current global and floating licenses. It will be available later this week.
Campbell said virtualization provides a number of advantages. For customers with multiple locations who share data with suppliers, it can provide better intellectual property protection. Having users work with engineering data that is stored in a central server can provide better security, since files are never downloaded to thumb drives or employee PCs.
It also simplifies the process of deploying and updating user software, especially for companies that currently put a copy on each workstation rather than using server based solutions.
A number of companies allow employees to use their own MacBooks or other devices at work, Campbell said, and the virtualization capability makes that much more practical for engineers working with large files.
Five of the PTC Creo applications have been certified and others are still being tested.