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Remote working with virtualized CAD & CAE solutions

Read Time 3 mins | Written by: Kenneth Hough

Navigating work conditions during these unprecedented times is challenging and stressful. Some companies have adopted an all-remote working condition, while others have integrated a more hybrid solution. For those that work from home, access to specialized workstations for computationally intensive programs like CAE and CAD can be challenging.

As the COVID-19 situation develops rapidly and unpredictably, companies must adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Businesses with significant resources may have the advantage to adopt enterprise-level virtualization solution for their employees, such as Citrix’s Virtual Desktop solutions. However, small and mid-sized business may be faced with the challenge of significantly increased costs and IT overhead that can quickly burden and halt company growth. Some companies have adopted a work-around solution that allows employees to VPN into their company network and use Microsoft Remote Desktop. Although this solution may work, there are definitely draw-backs such as performance and most importantly security.

KeyQ, as a technology partner with Amazon Web Services, helps business take advantage of cloud solutions that are secure and reliable. We have successfully helped business implement remote workstations using AWS’s AppStream 2.0 to provide a seamless user experience that meets application performance requirements. Additionally, by integrating AppStream with local authentication methods such as Active DIrectory and cloud storage solutions, we are able to reduce user friction.

During our VDI solution showcase, we demonstrated Autodesk’s Revit CAE program running on a virtual desktop environment in the cloud with hardly noticeable lag.

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Kenneth Hough


I founded KeyQ in March of 2020 with the vision of helping businesses achieve the next level of success through delivering innovative and meaningful cloud solutions. Since its inception, I have worked with several businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities to design and build cloud applications that have helped streamline their business processes and reduce costs.

Prior to KeyQ, I was a medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. UAB is also where I worked on my doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Jessy Deshane and Dr. Victor Thannickal. During my doctoral work at UAB I was exposed to the “omics” and big data, which has influenced my career choice to develop data-driven analytics platforms in the cloud.

I also have to give a big shoutout to my undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where I majored in biochemistry. WPI’s motto is “Lehr und Kunst,” which roughly translates to “Theory and Practice” or “Learning and Skilled Art.” WPI truly cherishes and upholds this pedagogy, which can be seen by the teaching styles and class sizes. The learning experience I had at WPI is unique and has shaped me to be who I am, being able to learn, practice and apply.

Personal Interests

I love to learn innovative technologies and try new things. I have a broad area of interests that include serverless architectures, machine learning, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, medical informatics, and financial technology. I am also working towards my CFA level 1 exam for 2021. Other interests and hobbies include traveling, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, camping and gardening!