Anything As A Service

Everything as a service promises to simplify our lives, from cutting edge business to consumer applications. It is too early to tell, but the concept of everything moving to the cloud poses some interesting issues, from bandwidth to security. Who would have guessed that in 2015, launching a business would require virtually no physical assets? You simply turn on your computer and everything y... » read more

IaaS vs. SaaS

By Ann Steffora Mutschler There has been a lot of confusion about what kind of cloud-based service the EDA industry offers. Here are two different business models. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) In this most basic cloud service model, cloud providers offer computers – as physical or more often as virtual machines, raw (block) storage, firewalls , load balancers, and networks. IaaS pr... » read more

EDA’s Cloudy Vision

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Since the dawn of EDA, the industry has largely operated under a traditional software distribution model whereby the customer would run the software it licensed on its own hardware equipment. With the sophistication of advanced IT management techniques as well as education surrounding “The Cloud,” it may be safe to predict that engineers in the not-to-distant futu... » read more

Slow Start To Software-As-A-Service

By Pallab Chatterjee Can software as a service (SaaS) really work in the SoC design tools world? While many of the large EDA vendors continue to experiment with it, the future of this model isn’t especially promising. This is contrary to the overall trend among big software makers, which even in the large enterprise applications space are finding success with SaaS and the related cl... » read more

Where SaaS Works Best

By Ed Sperling Some of the largest corporations in the world use software-as-a-service, or SaaS to run their enterprise applications, trusting day-to-day operations to companies like, Oracle, Microsoft and even Google. But good luck finding any leading-edge chip vendors utilizing the SaaS model for their designs. While Cadence has been successful with some of its low-end to... » read more