As I noted in a previous blog post, Cadence IT experts are engaging with customers to help them develop and improve their CAD infrastructures. One issue that some customers need help with is data security. There are many "best practices" that can be helpful, particularly for small companies and startups who don't have full-fledged IT departments.
I talked to Saravanan Nagarjan, senior IT architect at Cadence, about some of the "best practices" Cadence recommends to EDA tool users. Cadence implements many of these practices itself to protect customer data inside VCAD (Virtual CAD) chambers, which can provide everything from a place to run diagnostics to a complete CAD infrastructure for a small company.
An article in the December 2010 issue of Processor magazine provides a more detailed look at how Cadence secures customer intellectual property in its Hosted Design Services engagements, which are basically VCAD chambers with design tools provided on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. As the article notes, Cadence also works with customers through its EDA Infrastructure Acceleration Services to address concerns such as data and network security.
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