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The Revit Challenge

Autodesk Revit is an invaluable tool for any architecture, engineering and construction enterprise, thanks to its focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM). Revit brings together architectural design, construction, MEP and structure engineering into a single application. As BIM becomes the standard for new projects, the need for Autodesk Revit will only increase.

For all of its value, though, Revit can suffer from performance problems. Poor infrastructure and file management only hold it back. Revit is a file-based application, which means that it runs in the background of users' workstations while projects' large file sets are stored on a centralized, network file share. For Revit to function in a distributed enterprise, with the benefits of worksharing, workset, and element borrowing, datacenter storage infrastructure needs to be extended out into branch offices and updates need to be available globally in real-time. Most firms haven't found a solution to this problem, and continue to use Revit in a sub-par format.

From WAN optimization and data replication to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), AEC firms have tried a lot of solutions. For most organizations, none of these options have proven successful. VDI efforts have led to application-specific bottlenecks, and neither WAN optimization nor data replication strategies have managed to account for the sheer size of the bulk file-transactions occurring. Without a proper solution, AEC firms waste time and money using only a fraction of Autodesk Revit's power. This greatly limits the value and utility companies can see from their Revit deployments.

The FAST™ Solution
For AEC companies eager to embrace Revit but struggling with this challenge, Talon FAST™ software is the solution. FAST™ features its own intelligent file caching, streaming, and data compression/reduction technologies, ensuring that only incremental file differences are sent to the central file location when "synchronized with central". This minimizes latency while maximizing data access and accuracy for branch office workers. In fact, file transactions will be up to 400 times faster with FAST™. What's more, Talon FAST™'s write-back caching enables users to continue working while bulk transfers occur in the background, further improving productivity. 

Altogether, this makes Talon FAST™ software the ideal complement for Autodesk Revit deployments for distributed enterprises throughout the AEC space.

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