Leading Design-Build Firm Simplifies IT, Discovers Surprising Performance with Cloud Workstations

Providing BIM managers and design engineers anywhere-access to GPU-intensive apps and project data transforms the business

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Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) building systems experts. Working with complex CAD and BIM apps, the team delivers customized engineering, construction, building automation, service and energy solutions for large organizations, including government, hospitals, universities, stadiums and museums.

Challenge:

After grappling with replicating and maintaining massive amounts of project data across more than 17 locations, Southland’s IT team realized their current approach was fast becoming unsustainable, and they had reached a crossroads: Either invest more in data center infrastructure or completely change their approach. While this was the most urgent problem to be solved, significant business challenges, including the rising cost of pursuing new opportunities where they did not already have an office location, as well as the complexity of joint venture operations, also demanded action. Southland’s Israel Sumano lead the way to the solution: Workspot on Microsoft Azure.

Solution:

• Conduct intensive engineer acceptance testing of Workspot Workstation Cloud
• Rollout Workspot Workstation Cloud to designers and BIM managers
• Replace physical GPU workstations with cloud GPU workstations
• Introduce cloud workstations into joint venture projects for simplicity & scalability
• Replicate cloud workstations in alternate Azure regions for disaster recovery

Benefits:

• Anywhere-productivity with outstanding performance, using less expensive devices
• Project teams can collaborate in real-time on complex designs, boosting productivity & accelerating project deliverables
• Access to the best talent, anywhere; onboard new hires instantly & cost-effectively
• Rapid response to changing business and project dynamics
• Simplified and more cost-effective disaster recovery planning

“With Workspot, we had a working solution in a week."

“Workspot brought ease of use to a solution that has been very cumbersome in the past. The solution is easy to deploy, simple to use and maintain, and the GPU-accelerated workstations can be deployed in any region of Azure around the world, which delivers stellar performance to our power users.”

Israel Sumano – Senior Director of Infrastructure Services