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Autodesk Simulation 360 will bring advanced Simulation to millions of desktops by putting Simulation in the Cloud

Is Simulation 360 a simulation solution for the masses? The new 360 cloud-platform just launched September 11th and CADplace believes this solution has the potential to put advanced simulation on millions of engineering desktops.

Let's go straight to the bottom line. Simulation 360 includes two segments now and this will grow. At launch Autodesk offers Simulation CFD 360 and Simulation Mechanical 360 as the two pioneering, cloud-based simulation applications.

The costs for the products is appealing for many professionals. Autodesk proposes three plans starting at 3950€ for 120 simulations / year, 7925€ for unlimited simulations / year, and 18,000€ for a bundle of local (client) software and cloud-based simulations.

While we let the pricing sink in, let's talk about how a comprehensive cloud-based simulation strategy is going to change your business. While the cloud is not the right solution for everything, the cloud does two things very well – it provides access to infinite computing resources and enables wide-collaboration. Simulation 360 is clearly targeting the former and simulation problems are extremely well suited for a cloud-based solution.

At CADplace we think you will agree that the potential is obvious. If you are already a heavy user of simulation software then you can appreciate the costs of the software and hardware you need to process your simulation jobs. When it comes to servers in the data center or powerful workstations plus the simulation software licensing, maintenance, service, and upgrades, then the sky is the limit. Autodesk Simulation 360 can meet your high demands for simulations at a predictable, affordable cost.

If you are already a periodic user of simulation, then the 4,000€ solution can save you the costs of a specialized workstation and the cost for the software licenses. You will need about 30 seconds to calculate the minimum savings accrued just from this factor alone.

And of course if you aren't using simulation packages now, but you could be, then Simulation 360 could just be the right reason to test the benefits of simulation by using the cloud rather than dealing with the costs and complexity of establishing simulation capabilities inside your company.