In order to accommodate for peak demand periods, Electronic Design Automation (EDA) design environments typically do not operate at high utilization rates. On average they operate at around 50-60 percent, with peak utilization in the 90 percent range. However, the cloud can help push the average utilization rates up to 80-90 percent while still accommodating for peak loading. The cloud concept is not alien — cloud based Web services including email, storage, and customer management software are already offered by Amazon.com, Google, Salesforce.com, and others.
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