What storage capacity does Onshape give per license & how secure is my data?

Onshape is an incredibly flexible professional-grade 3D design platform and as we all know, “With great power comes great responsibility” (Uncle Ben).

Cloud storage and file-sharing services like Google Drive and Dropbox are used by thousands of companies as both an automatic backup solution and an effective replacement for old-school collaboration techniques that rely on email and shared networks drives. The premise is simple: Whenever a file is changed and saved, it is automatically uploaded to the cloud, versioned, and propagated to every user with who the file has been shared. Everybody always has access to the latest version of the file.

Cloud collaboration tools like Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs make this workflow much easier as they allow multiple users to edit the same documents at the same time – in much the same way as Onshape enables entire teams to collaborate on the same design projects. The cloud has undoubtedly revolutionized the way people do business.

Storage Limits?
Onshape has completely removed document storage counting and storage limits from Onshape’s Free Plan.
We found that these calculations of storage, so familiar in the old file-based world, simply do not make sense in a modern database architecture with built-in version control like Onshape.
We also found that working within the storage limits encouraged non-optimal modeling practices, that storage calculations reduced Onshape’s performance (ugh!) so users were hitting both the Private and the Public storage limits. Finally, maintaining and debugging the code that implemented storage calculations and limits was taking real R&D time — time that we can better use for new CAD features.

Onshape Professional
Onshape’s Professional Plan has been reworked with unlimited storage and an unlimited Document count. In the past, CAD users who wanted to evaluate Onshape for their companies were using our Free Plan, which restricted the amount of private storage as well as the number of private Documents they could work with. Many users complained about the gymnastics of managing public and private data to stay under the storage limits.

In the new Onshape Professional Trial, those limits are gone. For new Professional users putting Onshape to the test with their projects, this will make it significantly easier to conduct an in-depth evaluation.

Unlimited Public Storage
For public and open-source CAD users – as mentioned earlier, Onshape is removing the 5 GB limit on Public Documents. You can now use as much Onshape public data storage as you’d like.

However, cloud file-sharing services do not work so well with old file-based CAD systems. There’s no way to know if somebody else is editing their locally synced copy of the master CAD file. Two or more people could be editing the same CAD file and now the “last save wins.” The hours you may have spent editing an assembly are lost forever because somebody else, editing it at the same time, saved after you. The next time you open the assembly, everything looks completely different. This way of working ultimately causes the same duplicate file problems and manufacturing errors as email.

Where is my data stored?
Everything is stored with Amazon Web Services. Of the many available AWS servers around the world, Onshape uses the following: Oregon, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, and Sydney.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies, and governments, on a paid subscription basis. It’s what allows us to process complex modeling in the cloud without straining the resources of the user’s computer or requiring installation. In turn, it’s also what allows Onshape to perform on low-powered and mobile devices.

Can I specify or restrict where my DATA is stored and accessed (i.e. country-specific)?
By default, Onshape will store your data in the support AWS location closest to your operations.
Enterprise customers can choose the Onshape supported AWS location that works best for them.

Onshape’s cloud technology partner, Amazon Web Services, has security standards tough enough to meet the needs of the CIA.

What does that mean? AWS goes to great lengths to protect your intellectual property. Data centers are housed in nondescript facilities with physical access strictly controlled at both the perimeter and building ingress points by armed guards utilizing video surveillance, intrusion detection systems, and other electronic means. AWS only provides data center access and information to employees and contractors who have a legitimate business need for such privileges. Authorized staff must pass two-factor authentication a minimum of two times to access data center floors and all visitors and contractors are required to present ID and are continually escorted by authorized staff.

How We Do It Better?

The first truly integrated SaaS-based product development platform includes:

  • CAD Tools
    • Configuration
  • Data Management
    • Versions and Edit history (individual click)
    • Branch, Merge, Compare
  • Collaboration Tools
    • Sharing Simultaneous Editing
    • Follow Mode
  • Security and Audit Controls
    • Permissions
  • Analytics and Reporting
    • Activity Overview
    • Release, Project, and User Dashboard
    • Document Access
    • Easy Access to Data


Download your free copy now and understand How safe is your CAD Data: