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New & Noteworthy: Fast, Flexible and Scalable Simulation – In the Cloud

Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure enables seamless deployment of industry-leading simulation tools on a reliable, secure cloud platform infrastructure.

Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure enables seamless deployment of industry-leading simulation tools on a reliable, secure cloud platform infrastructure.

Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Image courtesy of Ansys.

With the widespread adoption of cloud computing across industries, many organizations have an increased need for purpose-built hardware focused on high-performance computing (HPC) requirements, as well as solutions for the challenges they face when using simulation in the cloud.

Ansys has long been a leader in providing access to its simulation suite in the cloud, and with its latest announcement has made it even easier to add cloud capabilities to their simulation toolbox. With the launch of Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure cloud, customers using their own Azure subscription with existing Ansys licenses can access scalable, secure, and cost-effective HPC simulations in the cloud. By tapping into Ansys’ proven suite of simulation tools via Azure, engineers can improve their ability to validate on-premises workloads that have been transferred to the cloud, eliminate the effort around deploying and testing new virtual machines, and more cost effectively configure cloud-based processes.

Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure provides pre-tested, configured, and updated Ansys tools that are aligned to a curated set of recommended VMs and HPC infrastructure. This simplifies implementation for IT departments, giving them better control over cost while also empowering engineers to unlock the benefits of the high-performance Azure VMs.

Because Microsoft Azure is an open platform, customers can also incorporate third-party applications into these workflows.

Supported Applications (2024 R1) for Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure include:

  • Ansys Mechanical, Ansys Workbench Meshing, Ansys Sherlock, Ansys Mechanical APDL, Ansys LS-DYNA, Ansys LS-PrePost, Ansys DesignXplorer, Ansys Motion
  • Ansys Fluent, Ansys CFX, Ansys Fluent Meshing, Ansys CFD Post, Ansys BladeModeler, Ansys Rocky
  • Ansys HFSS, Ansys HFSS 3D Layout, Ansys Icepak, Ansys Maxwell, Ansys Q3D Extractor, Ansys RedHawk-SC, Ansys PathFinder-SC, Ansys Totem SC, Ansys PowerArtist
  • Ansys Speos, Ansys Lumerical FDTD, Ansys Zemax products
  • Ansys Discovery (Live), Ansys SpaceClaim

With Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure, simulation customers have access to more efficient effective cloud simulation capabilities, including:

Increased Control: Engineers can create and store VM configurations for on-demand deployment by end users, and more easily manage access to project spaces, cloud resources, and budgets on a single platform. In addition, the Microsoft Sustainability Manager allows users to track and minimize the environmental footprint of their systems, while providing access to more compute resources.

Reduced Costs: Unplanned costs can sink a cloud initiative. With Ansys on Azure, customers can leverage any existing Ansys licensing and their own cloud agreements with Microsoft, which helps keep cloud transition costs low. Azure charges are based on your existing agreement, while a small uplift is included on the Azure invoice for using Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure. 

Enhanced Simulation Speed: The preconfigured Ansys applications are easy to deploy, and customers can leverage Ansys expertise in packaging and configuring VDI and HPC clusters. 

Streamlined Deployment: Customers benefit from an Ansys-approved and benchmarked deployment specification on Microsoft Azure hardware, and are able to install third-party and in-house tools for end-to-end CAD/CAE workflows.

Cloud-based simulation can help engineers overcome the compute constraints they often face when running complex simulations on the desktop or in the data center. Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure not only provides on-demand access to computing power they need to accelerate their simulation workflows, it provides a fast, flexible way to make the transition to the cloud by leveraging their existing contracts and licenses.

To learn more about Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure, visit the webpage here, and access the links below.

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