Realizing the limitations
of only delivering licenses
It’s amazing what opportunities arise
as technology changes. CADFEM has
for many years delivered CAE software
licenses—mainly ANSYS—over the Internet as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS),
pay-per-use model to customers via a
But as the software became increasingly
scalable, CADFEM realized that here was
an opportunity. Their SaaS subscribers
were limited by the performance of their
own desktops where the software was
installed and simulation data stored.
Only the ANSYS licenses came from
They realized that their engineering users
were being constricted—not by their imaginations, expertise, or even the ANSYS
software simulation capabilities—but by
the underlying hardware platform. They
weren’t able to push the boundaries.
They couldn’t realize the true potential of
CADFEM realized they could become a
real innovation enabler if they found the
right partner and expanded their service
portfolio to include a CAE simulation
Platform-as-a- Service (PaaS) via the
The need for speed and
By this time, ANSYS had increased
the scalability of their software to take
advantage of faster, multi-core processors
and increasing amounts of RAM that was
available. CADFEM wanted to make this
increased scalability available to their
customers. Rather than being limited by
the power of their desktops, this move
would allow CADFEM’s customers to
take advantage of a scalable, high-performance computing platform built,
operated, and tuned for simulation by
CADFEM’s top CAE platform engineers.
But they needed a partner who could
bring the infrastructure that would meet
CADFEM’s high standards and the strin-
gent requirements of an HPC platform
delivered via the cloud to a large number
of demanding engineers.
CADFEM wanted a single partner who
could bring them the servers, storage,
support, and services they needed to
build a “no compromise” solution.
Scalability, reliability, performance, and
security were the key criteria. They also
wanted a partner with extensive HPC
experience and a proven track record.
They didn’t have to look far.
Building on a long-term
As a workstation specialist, CADFEM
had a long relationship with HP. So when
CADFEM invested in cluster technologies a number of years ago to support
their private cloud and internal CAE systems, HP ProLiant was a natural choice.
With its scalability, performance, and
built-in resilience, HP ProLiant proved
to be the right choice for CADFEM. But
what really made the difference was the
consistency of the HP ProLiant design
across multiple generations. CADFEM
didn’t want to have to change their vendor each time they ran out of headroom,
or a new server or storage technology
came out, just to retain the characteristics they needed.
CADFEM wanted to build a strategic
partnership with a vendor that could
provide a consistent experience with
new hardware models building on the
features and capabilities of the previous
generation. So when it came time to
build the CADFEM Engineering Simulation Cloud, they looked no further than
their strategic partner – HP.
In addition, HP’s Converged Infrastructure initiative made sure all of the
components worked seamlessly together.
This gave CADFEM confidence that as
demands changed with new customers
and as simulation workloads demanded
more resources, they would be able to
provide what their customers needed. CADFEM is also evaluating other
components from HP’s solution portfolio
to help advance their solution like HP
Cloud Service Automation for self-service automation.
The introduction of the HP Technology
Services HPC team provided CADFEM
with all the additional support they
needed to bring the CADFEM Engineering Simulation Cloud to market.
The CADFEM Engineering
The CADFEM Engineering Simulation
Cloud allows engineers to access the
ANSYS software they need for CAE
simulation from anywhere, at any time,
and from any device— including smart-phones and tablets—via the Web portal
or mobile user interface.
This allows engineers to use the CADFEM Engineering Simulation Cloud just
as they would their own in-house HPC
environment. But CADFEM’s solution
increases their productivity by providing
the flexible access and resources they
need for both submitting batch and executing interactive workloads.
Engineering users can provision the virtual infrastructure for a new simulation
workload with a single click and use it
“CADFEM’s long-term relationship with HP has
enabled us to both expand our offerings to our
customers and add value to our solutions.”
– Gerhard Zelder, Manager IT-Solutions, CADFEM