ANSYS Student in a Browser Powered by Frame and Microsoft Azure

Last year we announced ANSYS Enterprise Cloud, a complete end-to-end solution for medium-large enterprises, that is currently available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) with plans to support other public cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud, in the near future. While our ANSYS Open Cloud Strategy™ is hardware agnostic, giving our customers the option to use their hardware of choice (e.g. private/on premise cloud, public cloud, cloud hosting partners), this is not the only characteristic that makes our offering unique.

We designed our cloud offering to address a complete spectrum of pain points and needs, without forgetting our small-to-medium-sized business customers or the young students that embrace computer-driven engineering simulation for the first time.

As part of the ANSYS cloud initiatives we have been working very closely with great partners like Microsoft Azure and FRAME, to provide free cloud access to our ANSYS Student product for the tens of thousands of students attending the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations organized by Cornell University and edX.

“Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world”, said Jean-Roch Trannoy, Global ISV Alliance Lead at Microsoft Azure. ”The work done with ANSYS and FRAME on Microsoft Azure is a fantastic illustration on how Microsoft reinvents productivity to empower students around the world to get better engineering simulation and achieve more.”

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Students from Cornell University using ANSYS Student on the Microsoft Azure Cloud powered by FRAME.

“A key part of our vision when founding Frame was to make the best software tools available to everyone, with no barriers”, said Nikola Bozinovic, CEO, Frame. “Today, this vision is a reality — thousands of students from around the world can run ANSYS Student in a browser, powered by Frame and the Microsoft Azure Cloud.”

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This is a significant milestone in the ANSYS cloud journey. We are enthusiastic to help students, our future engineers, simulate a better world and to leverage the cloud to deliver on our CEO’s vision that “by 2020 every engineer will use simulation.”

Less than ten years ago, I was myself a young student fascinated by engineering simulation and I remember how challenging it was to have access to simulation tools. Today I can download a copy of ANSYS Student for free. Soon the cloud version will allow students to use the same product on all operating systems and devices through their browsers.

With the ease of access to simulation on the cloud we have today, what an exciting time to consider a career in engineering!



Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

FRAME ( is transforming personal computing by enabling software vendors, businesses, and schools to run their apps in the cloud and share them easily. From office productivity to graphics- and CPU-intensive engineering applications, Frame enables the full spectrum of desktop tools to be run in a browser on any device from anywhere in the world.

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About Giovanni Petrone

Giovanni is the Senior Manager for Cloud initiatives, Multi-Tenant Cloud and Elastic Licensing at ANSYS, Inc. Prior to that, Giovanni was the Technical Account Manager of the Red Bull Formula 1 Team. Before joining ANSYS in 2013, Giovanni worked at NASA Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), The Italian Center for Aerospace Researches (CIRA), The Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climatic Change (CMCC), Alenia Aeronautica and he has also been involved in the launch of a startup company in the Silicon Valley. Giovanni holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University (USA) and the University of Naples (Italy) and also a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the LUISS Business School (Italy) and the ESSEC Business School (France).

2 thoughts on “ANSYS Student in a Browser Powered by Frame and Microsoft Azure

  1. Dear sir/madam,

    I have installed Ansys 17.0 Product, license server, license manager for student. Also generated the license file on host system. so please provide me the contact email id or contact number so I can forward the file to get the license and further procedure to learn and explore ANSYS

  2. Dear Satyendra,

    the cloud version of ANSYS Student doesn’t require installation or licensing, so I’d recommend you visit where you will find more resources on the desktop product.

    Please check the “INSTALLATION HELP” tab.

    Best regards,

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