Agile Networks’ - Mirror Backups

We were so tired of bad backup hardware and software. Why doesn’t it just do the backups like we need. Something with a few routines to backup the important stuff first and the less important files during off hours. Why are these easy things getting worse?

What we found though - is that backup system aren’t really getting worse. They’re getting better - just not for Architecture firms. If you’re a law firm or anything simple - backup systems are kind of amazing. But if you’re an Architecture firm with massive files, and say have a REVIT server with massive network usage and connections, these systems don’t work as advertised.


So we gave up looking for a system,

and built our own.


For the past 2 years - each new client gets an Agile Mirror box for the first 90 days. It started out because we wanted to clone the entire network while starting with new clients. This gave us the ability to fix issues and know for certain that we 100% covered if anything goes awry.

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Fast forward to today - and we add this as our standard backup system which vastly outperforms and costs half as much as what we were using. What started out as a bespoke disaster recovery tool, has now turned into an anti-ransomware bunker, migration and upgrade daemon as well as a proxy cloud migration ferry.


Our system creates a cloud system that activates in disaster instances - but also can instead be taken live. This means your firm is basically already migrated fully to the cloud when your ready to make the leap.


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Mirror Backup System

The only Disaster Readiness system focused on AEC.

Local and cloud backups all in one.

Completely modular to fit your data and budgetary needs.

Host your entire network on our Disaster Readiness system.

Archi-Tech-Sure! - New Podcast

Agile is launching our Podcast and YouTube channels. Talks about our and our industry friends takes on Technology within the Architecture space. We’ve already recorded and are editing talks with Architecture Principals, BIM managers, Drone Pilots, Software Companies and hopefully we can get some AutoDesk reps to open up about what licensing changes are going to happen this year.


Having a dozen already created we’re ready to launch but want to broaden the discussions more. We’re particularly interested in talking with those tangentially attached to Technology within Architecture, so HR, Marketing are on our lists of wants.


Sign up below if you’ve got 30 minutes to Talk about AEC Tech.



Hope to chat soon.

Brian @ Agile



Is your REVIT system Toast?

Every new firm we take on - all have the same issues lately. Their programs are running terribly slow and they just can’t seem to figure out what the magic solution is. Firms seek advice from Software vendors, BIM specialists, Hardware manufacturers and yet they aren’t seeing the performance for which they are paying.

One firm spent a hefty $5,000 per workstation with the collective advice of Vendors. The outcome was that these new machines were running slower than the travel laptop for Revit. They were almost well built machine - but they skimped on the 1 essential bit - the CPU.

Below are the specifications for our recommended mid-level workstation. This system has the CPU to boost to 4.5 ghz ( techie for fast ) with 8 cores that’ll create your nice curved buildings. Specs below come in under $3,000 - with lots of wiggle room to drop it a few hundred dollars.

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Skimp on the RAM or Video card - you can always pop in a faster one. Save on the hard drive and force staff to save files only on the server. Nobody really saves their music library anymore - save one guy, I’m talking to you Brendon.

We recommend using this workhorse for 2 years as currently spec’d - then trickle down to Project Managers for another 3 years, and then to admin services for at least another 5 years of dutiful service.

Need more - drop us a line or come to one of our monthly - Tech it out reviews.

New Tech is Fun - Until......

Tech for Architects is complicated and the onslaught of new Technology appears without end.   One of the more recent Tech Items that is gaining favor is of course VR for Architects.  

The great thing about VR is that it's the rare technology that can be used for Project Management and Review - as well as client demo's - at a comparatively inexpensive onboarding.

The costs associated with a virtual reality center include:

  • VR Headset - $500 (HTC Vive) - $400 ( Oculus
  • VR Plugin or Render - $50 per month (IrisVR.com)
  • Computer - $2000 for quality laptop - we recommend MSI gaming laptops for best price and experience
  • Training - 2-3 hours.   Most Architects can be up and running with little input as this tech already integrates with software currently being used like Revit, 3dsMax, Shetchup, Rhino.

 

Another great way to use VR is for Marketing and client experience.   A new player to the game is Sentio - which provides easy to use and send VR walk-throughs.    All this tech can be done internally - but with more effort and administration.

A portfolio is the standard way for architects to show their work  and their style, process and brand. Over the last decade, portfolios have evolved from paper to digital, primarily because it is more time and cost efficient to maintain a digital portfolio and keep it up-to-date.

Within the realm of digital portfolios, choices can range between an app, a PDF, to a web-hosted portfolio. Architects usually choose to use JPEGs as the main element of the portfolio and may add text or other digital media like video or audio.

However, with the increasing use of new technologies like Virtual Reality to present architectural work - there is a strong case for creating and maintaining an immersive VR portfolio of your work to differentiate your brand in front of your audience and embrace newer technologies.

We will look at the key aspects of creating and sharing a VR portfolio for architecture projects.

What does a VR portfolio look like?

A VR portfolio works as an extension of your digital portfolio with the added advantage that your audience can view the spaces in 360°. This creates a feeling of presence and enables a better understanding of your work. Here's a sample VR portfolio in order to explain the idea using www.sentiovr.com - a web platform for presenting spaces in VR.

How can I get 360° content for my projects ?

To make your VR portfolio, the most important requirement is to have 360° images of your projects. Again, depending on what you need to show, there are various ways of creating 360° content of your projects. 
For 3D modeled spaces, you can learn the basics of generating 360° renders from the tutorials. Refer to our previous posts on Archdaily or step-by-step tutorials here:

There are also 360° cameras of good quality and affordable price, like the Samsung 360 or Ricoh Theta that can instantly create 360° images without any training.