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Autodesk Inc. intros “Autodesk Cloud” to design community

Autodesk launches large cloud initiative with new Autodesk Cloud service


Apple is not the only one with a cute “cloud computing” story emerging and a service to offer. Autodesk, Inc, the world’s largest software provider in the design and engineering sector, this week introduced Autodesk Cloud, a new service for design and engineering professionals.

So What’s In Autodesk Cloud?

Autodesk Cloud will consists of a suite of web-based software products and services, enabling customer-subscribers to perform design optimization, visualization and collaboration with peers and clients from anywhere in the world.

01 - Autodesk Design Review software for Apple iOS provides the mobility tie-in solution for accessing documents and services at Autodesk Cloud.

The cloud service offering includes 3 GB of online storage for each software license on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, around the clock from anyplace with Net access.

At the core of Autodesk Cloud are key mobile and desktop apps like Autodesk Cloud documents, AutoCAD WS and the new Autodesk Design Review mobile app for Apple iOS.

Rendering and Optimization

Additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers give designers access to following cloud services:

  • Autodesk Cloud Rendering – customers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite will have access to powerful rendering capabilities
  • Autodesk Inventor Optimization – Similar to above, those same customers will have access to intuitive cloud-based simulation tools, enabling them to test multiple design options in the cloud
  • Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis – Revit subscription customers can extend beyond the desktop to cloud-based energy analysis capabilities, helping them to quickly gain insight into the energy consumption of building energy costs at early design stages
  • Autodesk Green Building Studio – Building Design Suite customers can tap into this cloud-based solution for energy analysis
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw SaaS – Customers with subscriptions to Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC software now have access to cloud-based document, data and design management solutions for AEC.
“For more than a decade, Autodesk has embraced the power of the cloud to extend the functionality of our design solutions and help our customers work more effectively,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business at Autodesk. “With Autodesk Cloud, we are demonstrating an even greater commitment to helping our customers solve the world’s toughest design and engineering challenges.”

Amazon and Citrix Backed

Autodesk’s new cloud services are backed by its partners, including Amazon and Citrix, to provide scalable cloud computing infrastructure. Autodesk has been working with Amazon Web Services for more than three years in order to securely host high-demand, scalable applications such as Autodesk HomeStyler software and Autodesk Seek web service.

02 - Autodesk continues to push Apple iOS for its mobility play in relationship to the cloud, further supporting the consensus view by leading CAD CEOs that the iPad is a cloud-computing device.

Amazon Web Services provide Autodesk with the flexibility to scale computing around the world with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and resilient storage capacity with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS). Autodesk also teams with Citrix to provide customers more flexibility to their Autodesk applications. Delivering solutions to end users with Citrix XenApp can help reduce workstation costs while still providing the software performance they need.

To learn more visit Autodesk Cloud here on the Web.

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