ANSYS Cloud Capabilities

Built-in cloud HPC access

ANSYS Cloud delivers easy access to on-demand high-performance computing resources from within your ANSYS environment. Using your ANSYS software, prepare your simulation models on your desktop. Simply select a preconfigured hardware configuration, then submit your jobs directly to the cloud. You won’t have to wait in HPC cluster queues or reduce your model size to fit desktop constraints. Job progress may be monitored from your desktop or through a web-based cloud portal.

ANSYS Cloud is optimized for ANSYS solvers. Choose from a set of predefined hardware configurations depending on the needs of your model.


Ready-to-use cloud service

As an ANSYS Mechanical, ANSYS Fluent or ANSYS Electronics Desktop user, you can easily access ANSYS Cloud 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 is a ready-to-use solution that is ANSYS-tested and certified, and fully-supported by ANSYS HPC and solver experts

Ready-to-use cloud service

Completely secure workflows

ANSYS Cloud provides a highly robust and completely secure environment for running simulations in the cloud. At the Microsoft® Azure™ data centers, where simulations are run and data are stored, access is strictly controlled. 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 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.

Completely secure workflows

Economical on-demand pricing

Pay-per-use access to both cloud hardware and ANSYS software is available on Microsoft Azure and enabled through ANSYS Elastic Licensing. Rather than locking into a long-term lease, you can purchase a pool of ANSYS Elastic Units (AEUs) based on your short-term cloud-computing needs.

How does this work? Using your existing licenses, prepare your model using your on-premise hardware. When you submit your simulation job for analysis in the cloud, use your pool of AEUs.

AEUs are consumed at a specified hourly rate that varies with the choice of hardware configuration and solver type (Mechanical, Fluent, ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS SIwave or ANSYS Maxwell). For example, a Mechanical simulation on a small hardware configuration (1 node, 12 cores) will consume 12.5 AEUs/hour, whereas the same simulation on a medium configuration (3 nodes, 36 cores) will consume 17.1 AEUs/hour.

Your pool of AEUs (shared with others in your organization) is charged based on your cloud runtime (in fractions of an hour). Consumption of AEUs may be tracked using the cloud 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.


Remote job monitoring

Easily monitor the progress of your simulation from within the desktop installation of Mechanical and Fluent or from a web-based cloud portal. 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 AEUs and even share your simulation jobs with your peers and ANSYS support.


Cloud-based 3D results visualization

With ANSYS Cloud, you can review and validate the results of your simulations while your data are in the cloud. Innovative post-processing technology leaves the heavy data in the cloud, transferring only requested information to you for 3D rendering in your web browser. This approach avoids heavy network usage and eliminates the latency typical of virtual desktop approaches. The performance 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.

Optimized Cloud Performance