Revit performance problems over WAN
Posted on 2015-01-06
Hello Experts - I'm relatively new to supporting architects and could use some advice on how to handle a performance issue with Revit 2014. Users have been complaining that working on Revit models between offices on a 10mb MPLS WAN is slow to the point of being difficult to use. We have a fairly large model (188mb) that came up as an issue this morning. It takes upwards of 25 minutes for it to sync across the WAN and during this time no one can make changes. With three users working on the model the synchronizations are taking longer than the work done in some cases.
I'm not really sure where to start with this one. The users have capable Dell Precision workstations, not the fastest but they should be up to the task. The file server (2003) is virtual and runs on VMware Vcenter 5.1. The storage system is a new Netapp 2240. Everything is connected with gigabit HP switches and the WAN between offices are both 10mb MPLS circuits.
One recommendation I've been told may help is to install a Revit 2014 server but I don't know much about it. I would appreciate any feedback or advice on the topic, thanks!