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Autodesk on AWS

A leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Autodesk has been producing such software for the architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries since 1982. To speed and streamline development, Autodesk has been steadily expanding its use of AWS and decreasing its data-center footprint.

Cloud Services Help Autodesk Deliver Solutions to Customers

2020

Scott Reese, Autodesk SVP, talks about about Autodesk’s high growth business areas and his customer-centric approach. Autodesk's high growth areas rely on cloud services to deliver solutions for some of the world’s most important challenges.

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Construction companies are trying to manufacture large parts of a building offsite, so they want the predictability and the quality that manufacturing companies have had for decades. And manufacturing companies are trying to become more flexible and agile, as construction companies have been for decades. But to practically converge and automate workflows and data, you must be in the cloud."

Scott Reese
SVP Manufacturing, Cloud, & Production Products, Autodesk


Advice from Autodesk CIO on Digital Transformation and Training

2020

Prakash Kota, Autodesk CIO, speaks about getting staff and leadership onboard with the company-wide enterprise workloads migration to the AWS Cloud and discusses how to motivate staff through AWS Training and Certification. A key learning from Autodesk's transformation has been to start small and expand fast by investing in your people to build a culture of continuous learning.

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We had this vision of moving all our enterprise applications and the back-office systems to the AWS Cloud, and it was a rocket launch. We had two months to engage staff in the migration."

Prakash Kota
CIO, Autodesk


AWS Machine Learning Enables Design Optimization for Autodesk Customers

2020

Autodesk uses machine learning models built on Amazon SageMaker to help designers organize and sort through thousands of generative design options. With Autodesk's generative design process, Edera Safety, a design studio from Austria, build a better and more efficient spine protector.

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Autodesk Reduces Big Data Processing Cost by 90% Using AWS

2020

The Autodesk Data Platform (ADP) collects and processes product usage data, providing Autodesk’s operating teams with a product analytics platform. By migrating the ADP from a Spark-based processing system to AWS Lambda, Autodesk saves up to 90 percent in data processing costs annually. Today, Autodesk is able to process data in near real-time, providing timely analytics for business users to leverage for product improvements and other business opportunities.

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Database Freedom Allowed Autodesk to Modernize Legacy Commercial Databases with Amazon Aurora

2020

To give its customers the power to work more quickly, effectively, and sustainably throughout project lifecycles, Autodesk needed to reimagine its infrastructure to support this complex, exponentially growing data. Learn about the five step framework that Autodesk used.

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Autodesk Develops Machine Learning Models on AWS to Route Cases Between Support and Technical Teams

2020

Autodesk built machine learning skills models using Amazon SageMaker that differed from typical classification models because they are designed to choose the correct team responsible for supporting users. This is in contrast to many models that attempt to predict the topic of a case and then route from that topic.

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Machine Learning Helps Autodesk Customers Connect with Experts Faster

2020

Autodesk chose AWS solutions to build and rapidly deploy a machine learning model for a new iteration of a forum called Community Match. The model matches the expertise of forum members with questions posed on the forum—the idea being to encourage community members who are experts on a particular subject to share their insider knowledge on Autodesk solutions. And whereas previously customers sought Autodesk support only to troubleshoot problems, now they take advantage of the knowledge within the shared community to use Autodesk software more effectively.

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Data Preparation on AWS Enables Autodesk Customer Analytics

2019

Developing a 360-degree view of customer financial metrics can give organizations the ability to make proactive decisions instead of being reactive with account team strategies. However, customer data is usually housed in various sources and requires a lot of effort to join metrics by mapping IDs, account names, and other fields. This data can be presented in conflicting formats, and the number of records can exceed what common data tools can handle. Autodesk leverages Trifacta on AWS to create a streamlined data pipeline process to automate the delivery of holistic customer analytics.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Instances Help Autodesk Spend Less, Scale More

2019

Autodesk creates design software that requires significant compute capacity for rendering. For Autodesk, the Rendering-as-a-Service (RaaS) workload was its single largest when measured by total spend. The company now relies on Amazon EC2 Spot Instances for significant cost savings on its RaaS function.

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Autodesk Goes Serverless on AWS, Reduces Account-Creation Time by 99%

2017

Although Autodesk benefited from its embrace of AWS, setting up new AWS accounts posed a challenge for the company’s two-person AWS Operations Team. Manual processes for account setup resulted in 2-week turnarounds on new-account requests and risked human error. Autodesk built a solution using serverless architecture to minimize the time and cost required for infrastructure management. With the solution, Autodesk developers now submit an online form to request a new account, and an API triggers the account-creation process. The solution, which also supports querying accounts by account number, email address, or IP address, took only a month to develop and launch.

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Autodesk Creates Hundreds of Virtual Desktops in Days Using Amazon WorkSpaces

2018

Autodesk uses Amazon WorkSpaces instead of renting physical hardware to host its virtual workstations on zero clients, improving setup efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. Using AWS, Autodesk sets up and deploys 450 workstations at its Autodesk University events, saving nearly a week’s worth of time and thousands of dollars.

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AWS Support Helps Autodesk Focus on its Core Business

2018

AWS Support helps Autodesk focus on its core business instead of spending valuable time worrying about architecting its foundational AWS services. Autodesk thinks of AWS Support as its virtual infrastructure support team as if it was just another department or group within Autodesk because it knows it can contact them with no prior notice and get the level of support it needs.

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Autodesk Optimizes Visual Similarity Search Model in Fusion 360 with Amazon SageMaker Debugger

2020

Autodesk quickly designed, trained, and debugged a machine learning model on visual similarity. Using SageMaker Debugger, Autodesk improved Fusion 360 performance and saved both time and compute costs.

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Securing Studio IP in AWS: Cloud-based VFX Project Management with Autodesk Shotgun

2019

Learn about the architecture of Autodesk Shotgun Private Cloud, a cloud-based VFX Project Management application running on AWS. Autodesk Shotgun simplifies creative project management and unifies visual effects (VFX), animation, and games teams of all sizes. Shotgun is a scalable on-demand platform that can support just a few users to thousands—used by more than 1,000 studios globally to track millions of tasks each day. This walkthrough shows how AWS helps customers build robust SaaS applications that address even the most stringent security needs.

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The Architecture Behind Autodesk's Mission-Critical Database Migration from Microsoft SQL Server to Amazon Aurora MySQL

2020

Autodesk migrated a mission-critical database with minimal downtime. This migration helped streamline the management and resiliency of the Autodesk SSO service, optimize costs, and reduce overhead for infrastructure maintenance. This blog details the pre-migration architecture, migration strategy, migration steps, and performance comparison.

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Autodesk Deploys Windows and Linux Workloads Using Amazon ECS

2019

Autodesk created an end-to-end ecosystem that standardizes the way it built, ran, and deployed software. One Amazon ECS cluster allows Autodesk to run both Linux and Windows workloads.

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AWS BLOG

2018
Autodesk migrated to Amazon Aurora from both managed MySQL databases running on Amazon RDS and self-managed MySQL databases hosted on Amazon EC2. Learn about factors that influenced Autodesk’s decision to move to Amazon Aurora, benefits of the migration, and best practices for migration and optimization.
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Video

2017
Using AWS, Autodesk can scale the use of generative design to run hundreds of simulations in one hour instead of several hours or days. Autodesk spoke at re:Invent 2017 about how the company uses services including Amazon RDS and Amazon S3 to focus on developing its machine learning tools instead of managing infrastructure.
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re:Invent

2019
With support for PyTorch in Amazon SageMaker, customers benefit from a flexible deep learning framework combined with a fully managed machine learning solution to transition seamlessly from research prototyping to production deployment. At re:Invent 2019, the PyTorch team shared its latest features and library releases, and Autodesk shared best practices based on its experiences with Natural Language Processing.
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WIRED

2019
“About a decade ago, we came to the realization that while the processes of design were evolving rapidly and people were able to design more complex things, they couldn’t easily take into account the manufacturing considerations early in the design process,” says Mike Haley, head of machine intelligence at Autodesk.
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AWS BLOG

2020
Autodesk introduced new programs to support its customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free commercial use of several cloud-based collaboration products to accommodate teams working remotely. Additionally, the company’s new Design & Manufacturing hub provides resources to help designers, engineers, medical professionals, and maker communities work together to develop new solutions for personal protective equipment and life-saving devices, using open-source design, design review and validation, and connections to manufacturing facilities.
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AWS PARTNER NETWORK

2019
Autodesk provides solutions targeting one or more of the primary steps in discrete manufacturing or process industries: Product Design, Production Design, and Production/Operations. it follows AWS best practices for building the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud infrastructure for industry applications.
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AWS PARTNER NETWORK

2019
This Quick Start deploys an Autodesk BIM 360 integration environment on AWS in about 15 minutes. BIM 360 is a unified platform that connects project team workflow and computer-aided design (CAD) data from construction management software in real time. Using AWS as the integration host provides an extra layer of security, scalable computing power, vast data storage, and rich content delivery.
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