STRATUS: A Private Cloud Server Technology for Revit

This article describes STRATUS, a private cloud server technology for Revit that has been developed by Stephenson & Turner, a medium-sized, multi-disciplinary, Architectural and Building Services Engineering practice based in New Zealand, with offices in Auckland and Wellington. Authored by Des Pudney, the CIO of the firm, the article describes the background and rationale for the development of STRATUS and discusses additional details, including the technology’s features and the benefits afforded by STRATUS to the firm.


11 thoughts on “STRATUS: A Private Cloud Server Technology for Revit

  1. This looks like a built-on-Microsoft remote desktop solution. It makes me wonder how licensing works if someone from a foreign destination is using the software for a project in their country? It’s like having someone come into your office and use your computer and Revit license to do their project. I wonder what the EULA has to say about this sort of usage of Autodesk software?

  2. Des,

    Excellent article, thanks a ton for sharing. I’m glad to hear that you were successful with the implementation.

    I have a couple follow-up questions if you don’t mind. We have a similar (but smaller) setup at my office, but without the Broker and without the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (using only RDP into the workstation directly).

    The first question relates to the Broker. What are you using to enable logins over https, and the subsequent deploying of the applications?

    The second question is in regards to the 3D acceleration using the GPU. Are you using what is now RemoteFX with the Server 2008 Remote Desktop Services? It seemed to be implied with the statement about Microsoft’s solution becoming the leading contender.

    Finally, what’s the GPU you settled on and what’s the ratio of users to GPUs?

    Thanks again for the information!


  3. Excellent article and explanation. Congratulations on the successful launch of Revit in a VDI environment! I am confident it solves many of the difficulties of multi-party collaboration, as well as administration and affordability.

    Next step: just spin-up/down the compute/storage resources in the cloud — without having to invest in the data-center, i.e., simply pay-as-you-go ?

  4. Thank you for reading my article on AECbytes.

    The main aim of this article is to convey the business benefits that can be afforded by the deployment of Revit Private Cloud technologies. There are now numerous vendor technologies available on the market that can be used to deliver this type of capability. I decided upon a Microsoft based solution for S&T, but it is not the only technology that can be used to deliver a successful outcome.

    It really comes down to the careful alignment of your business strategy with an appropriate technology solution that will act as the delivery mechanism to enable the business strategy. You need to engage with your firm’s owners to understand this process and the potential business benefits. This may not be a straightforward process, and each organisation will have its own specific requirements that have to taken into account.

    The Revit EULA is another important factor to be considered. S&T have received expert advice on this matter from their Autodesk Reseller and have been particularly careful to ensure that their operational use of STRATUS Revit Cloud aligns with the legal requirements of their Autodesk EULA.

    Des Pudney

  5. Thank you, very much, for the very interesting article. I’ve just done a post on my blog about this article, as I think “reprographers” will be interested in knowing what you did to pull off what you accomplished. One other comment: the article was very well written; easy to understand. Joel

  6. If you would like to explore a deeper understanding of the business benefits of Private Revit Cloud, you can find me on LinkedIn.


    Des Pudney

  7. Due to the overwhelming level of positive feedback I received for this article, I am now accepting registrations of interest from academic and commercial organisations wishing to implement a Private Revit Cloud in their organisation.

    Please register your details with Des Pudney (STRATUS Revit Cloud Manager) on LinkedIn.

  8. I need a hardware spec for the Stratus revit cloud. Is the Stratus cloud available for public use on projects ?
    What does it cost ?

    Thanks. Scott

  9. Des Pudney,I teach Revit at CityTech, a part of the City University of New York school system. I would like to begin a discussion with you about using your cloud technology in one of my classes.

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