Every Cloud Has a PLM Lining

By John Rice, CSC

So you’ve heard the saying, “Every cloud has a PLM lining”… no wait.  It’s “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

Meaning: difficult times always lead to better days. Well, the better days are here. Product Lifecycle Management can now be handled in the cloud.

That doesn’t mean throw away your traditional rack servers and immediately jump to the cloud. You should always do your research first. But, if you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars and reduce your stress level, then I’m all for it.

Which provider do I choose?

There are many different cloud providers to choose from with each having its own advantages, disadvantages, similarities and differences. The big players include Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon.

As of now Amazon Web Services, AWS, is the only cloud platform certified to host Teamcenter, Siemens’ answer to PLM. So, AWS is what I am used to working with. One thing in common is that to successfully run and maintain an efficient and finely tuned environment, you have to manage the environment properly.

Managing a cloud-based environment can be difficult.  Luckily, AWS has integrated a cloud-management system that will help the process of managing a cloud-based platform seamlessly easier.

Managing your cloud system

Your cloud-based system should at least manage your computing resources, monitor security and provide access to users. AWS’ management console does that and more. Components include Storage, Database, Networking, Administration and Security, Deployment and Management, Analytics, Application Services, Mobile Services, and Enterprise Applications.

These different components allow you to effectively manage and support your cloud-based system. AWS offers tutorials and documentation that covers every aspect to starting and maintaining your environment.  See documentation at https://aws.amazon.com/documentation/.

Key questions

With more companies wanting easy access and lower costs to their systems, stepping into a cloud has never sounded better.

How can you benefit from an easy to use management console?

What are some obstacles that are stopping you from having a cloud-based environment? I’d like to hear from you.

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  1. John Nallon says:

    I am wondering if the management console is for a single private cloud environment, or can several be monitored and managed from a single console. In particular I was thinking about the case where we have a main Teamcenter cloud environment and several others for development, test and quality assurance in addition to the production environment. The management of several sites I think would be a distinct value to a virtual support team.


  2. Per Jannok says:

    Hi John.
    Good question. Yes, you can manage all your AWS environments from one single AWS management console. You can though if you want to, by having different AWS IAM users, restrict certain environments to be handled by certain users/system admins. For example you can have the developers manage their own Dev environment, etc. You can also have Resource Groups to further “bundle” your environments.


  3. John Nallon says:

    Excellent, it sure sounds versatile and an excellent system management capability. We often have cases where there are multiple global sites using multi-site, but if we could put them in the cloud we can significantly reduce our cost and service management time. Even if we start with development, test, qa or staging sites we can manage them in a more cost effective and efficient manner using the AWS management Console. Thank you.


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