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Ansys Cloud Direct
Cloud-based Engineering Simulation

High Performance Computing in the cloud for faster, high-fidelity results

HPC AS EASY AS IT SHOULD BE

Access Ansys Cloud Direct anywhere, anytime to obtain endless simulation capabilities compatible with most Ansys solvers.

Engineering simulation has long been constrained by fixed computing resources available on a desktop or cluster. Ansys Cloud Direct provides access to on-demand, cloud-based computing resources, including both interactive workstations and HPC clusters, for faster, high-fidelity results offering greater performance insight. Ansys Cloud Direct increases simulation throughput by removing the hardware barrier. Ansys Cloud Direct is a scalable and cost-effective approach to HPC in the cloud.

To leverage the combined benefits of cloud computing and best-in-class engineering simulation, Ansys partnered with Microsoft® Azure™ to create a secure cloud solution.

 

Within Ansys Mechanical, Ansys Fluent, Ansys Electronics Desktop, Ansys Speos, Ansys Discovery, Ansys LS-Dyna, and LST LS-dyna, you can easily access HPC in the cloud directly from the applications running on your desktop. A broader suite of applications can be run interactively in the cloud via your web browser — without the need for additional setup. Access the hardware and software you need, when you need it, and pay only for what you use.

 Ansys Cloud Direct is a scalable and cost-effective approach to HPC in the cloud.

Quick Specs

Ansys Cloud Direct's powerful, easy-to-access HPC cloud solution will change the way you think about simulation. Unlike other simulation cloud solutions, Ansys Cloud Direct is simple to set up and navigate, will not break your workflow and does not require cloud experts to operate. Ansys Cloud Direct is all about Workflow, Performance, Support. 

  • Secure Workflows
  • Run Ansys Applications Interactively In-Browser
  • Multiphysics Enabler
  • Data secured and Encrypted
  • Admin Controls
  • On-Demand Pricing
  • Seamless Integration
  • Highly optimized for Ansys Solvers
  • Increasing simulation throughput
  • Allocating Budgets
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Elastic Licensing
  • Worldwide data centers
  • Custom Batch jobs using generic solver template
  • Job-sharing capabilities

Industry-leading Security Standards & Compliance

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Ansys Cloud Direct is Driving a Manufacturing Revolution

Modern product innovation requires advanced technology infrastructure to minimize budgets and maximize profit

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“Cloud computing accelerates time to results and the built-in interface to Microsoft Azure within the Ansys tools presents a compelling case for its adoption.”

— Jon Everitt, principal aerodynamicist, Altaeros

Simulation is driving the future of design and manufacturing, but the computing power required isn’t always available on premises. Ansys Cloud Direct integrates seamlessly with design programs and on-premises hardware. Switch back and forth between the cloud and your own hardware as needed and pay only for what you use. Our flexible, cost-effective cloud solution allows product development teams to reduce turnaround time, achieve more accurate results and easily adapt products for new markets and applications.

Ansys Cloud Direct responds to the real needs of development teams by providing an easy-to-use interface in a streamlined, single-vendor solution. It facilitates collaboration by allowing users to share their solutions with other internal teams through a user-friendly web-based portal and addresses the varying needs of a team over time with its elastic approach to licensing.

February 2022

What's New

In this new 2022 R1 release, we improved the admin capabilities within Ansys Cloud Direct. Key features include the ability of admins to create and manage user groups, allocate budgets to company projects, and monitor cloud usage. Notable enhancements for end-users include a redesigned dashboard and enriched job-sharing capabilities.

Enhancements include:

Admin Controls

  • Access the Admin controls from the Ansys Cloud Direct portal without a Cloud Essential Subscription.
  • Manage user groups and company projects.
  • Control simulation costs by allocating budgets to projects and tracking usage.
  • Assign Cloud Storage subscriptions to users for more control over additional Ansys Cloud Direct storage.

User Experience

  • Improved user experience with new and redesigned Ansys Cloud Direct Dashboard.
  • Enriched Job-Sharing Capabilities. Share jobs/sessions with:
  • User groups for efficient collaboration in the cloud.
  • Ansys support for debugging.
  • Submit custom batch jobs using the Generic Solver Template via the Ansys Cloud Direct portal.

Webinars

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Ansys 2022 R1: Ansys Cloud Update

In this new 2022 R1 release, we improved the admin capabilities within Ansys Cloud. Key features include the ability of admins to create and manage user groups, allocate budgets to company projects, and monitor cloud usage. Notable enhancements for end-users include a redesigned dashboard and enriched job-sharing capabilities.

Cloud Customer Testimonials

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“Cloud computing is the new standard for engineering analysis. Ansys Cloud provides an easy-to-use option for quick access to cloud HPC directly from within Ansys applications. This is especially useful for businesses with variable simulation workloads.” Bert Blocken, Professor

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"Thanks to Ansys Cloud we can solve more complex models faster than ever. Delivering on time is very important, but delivering an improved, safer, optimized design is even better. Thanks to Ansys Cloud we can achieve more complex designs and simulate more complete models up to 5 times faster.”

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“High-efficiency equipment is critical for improving plant performance in the oil and gas industry. Ansys Cloud enables Hytech Ingenieria to calculate large and complicated geometries within hours, instead of days or weeks -- resulting in significant time savings.” Luis Baikauskas, Process Engineer

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Ansys Cloud has been a game-changer from a productivity standpoint. ... Ansys Cloud has reduced the time of each job from 20-25 hours to only 2-4 hours.” Tim Marvel, P.E. Vice President, Business Development & Technology



Case Studies

Ansys Hargrove Case Study

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Use Ansys Cloud to Extend the Life of a Client’s Critical Asset

Hargrove constructs some of the most complex industrial plants, ensuring the safety of all involved. Leveraging Ansys Cloud, Hargrove is able to run simulations faster than ever, reducing the development time and overhead costs.

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Liftra Designs ‘Climbing Crane’ for Wind Turbine Installation 5X faster Using Ansys Cloud and Ansys Mechanical

Read this case study to know how Liftra Liftra engineers are using Ansys solutions to perform static simulations of the loads involved when a crane is attached to and climbs up the long tower of a wind turbine as it is being assembled.

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Increased Airport Safety 20 Times Faster Thanks to Ansys Cloud and Ansys HFSS

In 2000, a supersonic Concorde airliner crashed five minutes after taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The investigation revealed that the cause of the crash was a 42 cm-long metal piece, which had fallen from the preceding aircraft onto the runway. To ensure this tragedy will not happen again, Hitachi Kokusai Electric participated in a government project to develop millimeter-wave radars for detecting foreign objects on runways,using Ansys HFSS and Ansys Cloud.

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Racing to Victory: NASCAR Meets an Aggressive Launch Schedule with Ansys Cloud

With best-in-class software deployed on the Microsoft Azure platform and running on Intel® Xeon®Platinum 8168 processors, NASCAR easily established a high-performing, cost- effective computing environment. This enabled the team to focus on its core competencies and launch its innovative Next Gen design on schedule. 

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Democratizing Usage and Lowering Barriers with Ansys Cloud

With a global footprint Astec has design teams in many different countries and time zones. To make simulation available to all these engineers, Astec was looking for a flexible licensing solution that would be easy to use and affordable. With Ansys Cloud, they were able to break down licensing barriers for local engineering teams.

 

CLOUD CAPABILITIES

Easy access to on-demand HPC resources

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Key Features

Get quick answers to your most difficult and complex engineering problems from your desktop using Ansys Cloud Direct’s industry leading HPC capabilities

  • Built-in Cloud HPC Access
  • Full Remote Desktop Experience
  • Completely Secure Workflows
  • Economical On-Demand Pricing
  • Job monitoring
  • Cloud-Based 3D Results Visualization

Ansys Cloud Direct is optimized for Ansys solvers. As an Ansys Mechanical, Ansys Fluent, Ansys Electronics Desktop, Ansys Speos or Ansys LS-Dyna user and Ansys CFX, you can easily access Ansys Cloud Direct without involving your information technology team. By eliminating the need for complex software installations or cloud-side setups, you can focus on solving your engineering problems. And, without having to build in-house solutions or rely on third-party vendors, you can avoid costly upfront investment and delays.

Ansys Cloud Direct is a ready-to-use, proven solution that is fully supported by Ansys HPC and solver experts.

Access complete installations of Mechanical, Fluent, Electronics Desktop, Speos, Discovery, Workbench and CFX via a remote desktop connection, to harness additional computing power for pre- and post-processing activities and eliminate the need to transfer data to and from the cloud.

With VDI, Ansys Cloud Direct enables a full end-to-end, cloud-based workflow. This is the future of simulation.

The solution combines Azure’s best practices with custom encryption for added security. Both data at rest and in motion are encrypted.

Leveraging Azure™ Virtual Networks, Ansys Cloud Direct offers a separate, secure network architecture for each customer: Only you can access your data.

The complete system architecture has undergone comprehensive testing, including detailed penetration testing. Because new security threats emerge continuously, the solution’s security is regularly audited by a third party.

New sign in experience offering multi-factor authentication for improved security.

Rather than locking into a long-term lease, you can purchase a pool of Ansys Elastic Currency (AECs) based on your short-term cloud-computing needs.

You can also connect your existing licenses to Ansys Cloud Direct to leverage your current investment in Ansys software, while using our Ansys Managed Hardware Solution using Ansys  Hardware Currency (AHCs) to pay for on-demand hardware when needed. Using your existing licenses, prepare your model using your on-premises hardware. When you submit your simulation job for analysis in the cloud, use your pool of AHCs for your on-demand hardware. Alternatively, using Ansys Cloud Direct's VDI, you can access workstation-class hardware in the cloud to prepare your model and/or post-process your results interactively. This gives you the best of both worlds depending on your needs.

AECs and AHCs are consumed at a specified hourly rate that varies with the choice of hardware configuration and solver type. The consumption rates for Ansys software and hardware can be found in the Ansys Elastic Licensing Terms and Conditions.

Your pool of AECs and AHCs (shared with others in your organization) is charged based on your cloud runtime (in fractions of an hour). Consumption of AECs and AHCs may be tracked using the Ansys Elastic Licensing portal, which is accessed via a desktop or mobile web browser. With this combination of traditional licensing (leased and paid-up for steady workflows) and pay-per-use licensing (for in-cloud, flexible capacity), you can optimize your company’s investment in simulation.

Job monitoring tools provide full access to the solver transcript, a graphical view of convergence parameters and real-time access to debug information when help is needed.

You can also view a summary of your simulation jobs via a web-based cloud portal, which can be accessed from your desktop or mobile device. Using the cloud portal, you can track total consumption of AECs and AHCs, and even share your simulation jobs with your peers and Ansys support.

Improved visibility of usage for admin users: Company admins now have access to usage data via analytics.

Innovative post-processing technology leaves the heavy data in the cloud, transferring only requested information to you for 3D rendering in your web browser via custom post-processing tools — to deliver performance that is unmatched for all size models.

You can plot scalar and vector fields and visualize results on existing parts, planes, isosurfaces and isovolumes. When needed, download the data to your desktop for detailed post-processing using your familiar desktop applications. Alternatively, you can also perform full post-processing directly in the cloud using in-browser interactive sessions to access workstation-class performance and full Ansys software capabilities, without having to transfer data locally.

Enables periodic copying of files from an interactive virtual machine to cloud storage while a job is running. Portal file management enhancements support copy/cut/paste and rename.

  • Access the Admin controls from the Ansys Cloud Direct portal without a Cloud Essential Subscription.
  • Manage user groups and company projects.
  • Control simulation costs by allocating budgets to projects and tracking usage.
  • Assign Cloud Storage subscriptions to users for more control over additional Ansys Cloud storage.
  • Enriched Job-Sharing Capabilities. Share jobs/sessions with:
  • User groups for efficient collaboration in the cloud.
  • Ansys support for debugging.
Submit custom batch jobs using the Generic Solver Template via the Ansys Cloud Direct portal.

ANSYS CLOUD RESOURCES & EVENTS

Featured Webinars

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How to Accelerate Ansys Speos Simulation up to 60x faster with Ansys Cloud

Solve simulation at the speed of light, up to 60X faster than a 16-core virtual machine.

Webinar Series
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Ansys Cloud Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed for IT Professionals and touches on all relevant aspects of running Ansys in a cloud-partner computing environment.

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Ansys 2021 R2: What’s New in Ansys Cloud

Learn about new features in Ansys Cloud in our latest software release. Ansys LS-Dyna and Ansys LSTC are now Ansys Cloud enabled. 


Videos



Case Studies

Ansys Hargrove Case Study

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Use Ansys Cloud to Extend the Life of a Client’s Critical Asset

Hargrove constructs some of the most complex industrial plants, ensuring the safety of all involved. Leveraging Ansys Cloud, Hargrove is able to run simulations faster than ever, reducing the development time and overhead costs.

Ansys Case Study Liftra

Liftra Designs ‘Climbing Crane’ for Wind Turbine Installation 5X faster Using Ansys Cloud and Ansys Mechanical

Read this case study to know how Liftra Liftra engineers are using Ansys solutions to perform static simulations of the loads involved when a crane is attached to and climbs up the long tower of a wind turbine as it is being assembled.

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Increased Airport Safety 20 Times Faster Thanks to Ansys Cloud and Ansys HFSS

Hitachi Kokusai Electric participated in a government project to develop millimeter-wave radars for detecting foreign objects on runways,using Ansys HFSS and Ansys Cloud. Ansys Cloud was 20 times faster than on-premise simulation (10 hours over 8.5 days) allowing customer to be very flexible and successful on this project.

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Democratizing Usage and Lowering Barriers with Ansys Cloud

To make simulation available to all these engineers, Astec was looking for a flexible licensing solution that would be easy to use and affordable. With Ansys Cloud, they were able to break down licensing barriers for local engineering teams.

ansys-branded-opengraph.jpg

Racing to Victory: NASCAR Meets an Aggressive Launch Schedule with Ansys Cloud

With best-in-class software deployed on the Microsoft Azure platform and running on Intel® Xeon®Platinum 8168 processors, NASCAR easily established a high-performing, cost- effective computing environment. This enabled the team to focus on its core competencies and launch its innovative Next Gen design on schedule. 

Ansys software is accessible

It's vital to Ansys that all users, including those with disabilities, can access our products. As such, we endeavor to follow accessibility requirements based on the US Access Board (Section 508), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the current format of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

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