ANSYS Licensing for Cloud Computing

The ANSYS business model for cloud licensing is predicated on two key concepts, business continuity and cloud flexibility, as detailed below:

Business Continuity

As an ANSYS customer, you can use the ANSYS software licenses you already own on any approved cloud-hosting partner infrastructure. We don’t force you into a new business model for cloud computing.

Typically, your software licenses and the ANSYS License Manager will already be installed on an on-site server. When executing an ANSYS application on the cloud, you can simply reach back to that on-site license server — assuming that you can configure your firewall for secure access. ANSYS and many of our cloud partners can help you to accomplish this.

Cloud execution of ANSYS tools can thus be based on your existing licenses, whether they are perpetual or leased licenses. If you need more licenses, you can add them to your existing license pool, and the full pool will be available for either on-site or cloud execution.

A second option is to deploy a separate ANSYS License Manager within the cloud. This separate license pool is then available as a dedicated resource for execution of ANSYS applications on the cloud, with no firewall reconfiguration needed.

ANSYS License Manager Cloud

Cloud Flexibility

While the traditional ANSYS software licensing model remains valid in the cloud, we have introduced a new business option tuned to the elastic nature of cloud computing. Offered alongside the traditional lease and paid-up models, as well as with cloud offerings, ANSYS Elastic Licensing™ provides flexible access and time-based usage to the world’s broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software. View the ANSYS and Cloud Computing Strategy Brochure.

Elastic Licensing Addressing a Variety of Needs

This new licensing model clearly addresses a variety of customer needs:

  • You may have intermittent needs for extra licenses during peak project periods.
    • Elastic Licensing provides flexibility in terms of peak capacity usage, variable application usage, and worldwide access
  • You may also want to pay for what you use by optimizing both license and hardware utilization.
    • Elastic licensing will allow you to size your traditional license pool to your ‘typical’ workload and computing capacity, while having the Elastic Units readily available for fluctuating needs and on-demand hardware.
  • You may also find it difficult to predict the specific licenses you need, how many you need, and where you need them.  
    • Through ANSYS Elastic Units, you will have worldwide access to virtually every* ANSYS product.
  • You may also want a better way to allocate license cost.
    • The ANSYS Elastic Reporter provides complete access to usage data by user and by product license participating in Elastic Licensing. In this way, you can bill certain license costs back to business units consuming these licenses.

Elastic Licensing Usage vs Time

By addressing all these needs, Elastic Licensing provides premium value by augmenting your traditional licenses. As a matter of fact, it is designed to allow the traditional licenses to be consumed first and the Elastic Units to be consumed only when the traditional licenses are exhausted.**

Elastic Licensing Pricing Model

Essentially, you will buy a number of Elastic Units, and from this “pool” each ANSYS product consumes a number of these Elastic Units per hour. Units not consumed in a one-year license period are forfeited. Elastic Licensing is a pre-paid model that helps you meet your requirement for budget predictability.

Supporting a Mix of Business Models

This combination of business continuity and cloud flexibility ensures that you can move to the cloud without locking into a “one size” software business model. Moving to the cloud does not require a transition to a pay-per-use model, but it is there – as one of several options – when you need it.

* Except for semiconductors, embedded software and a few royalty-bearing products.
** When they are served from the same license server.


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