Work-from-home paradigm has compelled many engineering firms to allow employees as well as contractors to access design files for AutoDesk and Revit remotely. One way to accomplish this goal is to create a VPN between the office and remote environment, allowing individuals to access design blueprints from the Internet. However, using a VPN comes with its challenges that require technical know-how. This article offers two solutions that work without a VPN.
Before discussing the actual solutions, let's discuss the difference between File Sharing and File Synchronization.
This term is often used when sending or receiving files disconnectedly. By disconnected, we mean the sender sends a file; the recipient may modify the downloaded file and can optionally upload it back. Additionally, file sharing is typically between a machine and a human being. For example, if Jane wants to send a file to Bob, she will first upload that file to a shared repository, which Bob then downloads. Getting files back from Bob to Jane happens in reverse order. In both cases, a human (Jane or Bob) uses a browser or an app to send a file to a server on the other end.
File Synchronization, on the other hand, happens between two machines. Using the same example, Jane creates a file in a particular folder on her machine. The system automatically detects this new file and puts an identical copy of the file on Bob's computer. If Bob makes any changes to that file, a copy automatically comes back to Jane.
Synametrics Technologies, Inc. offers two solutions that can help companies share their AutoDesk, Revit, or any other file with their employees, as well as contractors working remotely. Both solutions are on-premise that works across the Internet without needing a VPN.
SynaMan is a file-sharing solution that can be used to share AutoDesk, Revit, or any other file that a remote employee, a contractor, or a client needs. It offers several benefits:
Refer SynaMan's home page for further information.
Syncrify is yet another solution published by Synametrics that is used for file synchronization. It offers the following benefit:
Refer Syncrify's home page for further information.