August 4, 2014

Autodesk Cloud Credits allow you to use services like cloud rendering and simulation. We get a lot of questions around cloud credits so we wanted to give you the most relevant information to motivate you to try the cloud components today.
You can see all this information and more on the Autodesk Knowledge Network page on Autodesk Cloud Credits.  We wanted to break it down to the basic need to knows.

1.  What are Autodesk Cloud Credits?

Cloud credits are the unit of measurement required to perform certain tasks, such as creating a rendering or running a simulation in a cloud environment, using Autodesk cloud services.

2.  What Autodesk® 360 products and services use cloud credits? Which cloud services are part of Maintenance and Desktop Subscription?

Service Maintenance & Desktop Subscription Usage Based
Rendering ? ?
Autodesk Sim 360 ?
Autodesk Simulation Flex (Simulation Mechanical 360, Simulation CFD 360 and Simulation RSA 360) ?
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Flex (Simulation Moldflow 360, Simulation Mechanical 360, Simulation CFD 360 and Simulation RSA 360) ?
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 ?1; ?
Structural Analysis for Autodesk Revit ? ?
Optimization for Autodesk Inventor ? ?
Autodesk Configurator 360 ?
Lighting Analysis for Revit (Daylighting for LEED and Advanced Illuminance)  ?

3. Who Receives Cloud Credits?

Individual cloud credits entitle each named user on the Maintenance or Desktop Subscription contract a one-time grant of 100 individual cloud credits upon purchase.  Individual cloud credits are not transferable.
Shared cloud credits need to be purchased in order for contracts to receive more cloud credits to run their cloud services.  Credits can be purchased through a reseller by the Contract Administrator or Software Coordinator on the contract.
More details on individual vs. shared credits:

Attribute Shared cloud credits Individual cloud credits
Available for purchase Yes No
Given as part of a commercial relationship with Autodesk No Yes
Usage Can be shared and used by many users (named users on a contract) Is specific to a named user and
cannot be shared or transferred
Expiration Expire 12 months after the date of purchase. They can roll over through a contract renewal event as long as the contract remains active. If the contract ends or defaults, cloud credits expire immediately. Available to users as long as the contract is active.
Consumption Consumed after individual cloud credits are consumed Consumed first if shared cloud credits are also available
Comes with Maintenance Subscription No Yes
Comes with Desktop Subscription No Yes
Comes with Cloud Services With some standalone cloud services No
When do they become effective? When purchased When a user is added to a subscription contract
Renewable No, they expire 12 months after the date of purchase as long as the contract remains active. No

4. What are the usage rates for the different services that require cloud credits?

Service Usage Rate
Rendering Approximately 1 cloud credit per MP (variable)
Sim 360 10 per simulation job
Simulation Moldflow Insight 360 ?1; 20 individual analysis
100 for DoE (Design of Experiments) Optimizations
Simulation Mechanical 360 ?2; 15
Simulation CFD 360 ?2; 15
Simulation RSA 360 ?2; 5
Infraworks 360 Profile optimization service requires 100 (per 5km of road)
Structural Analysis for Revit 2
Inventor Optimization 5
Configurator 360 1 per configuration session
Recap 5 per job
Character Generator 5 per job
Daylighting for LEED Low resolution

  • Free for 25,000 square feet and below
  • Approximately 1 cloud credit per 12,500 square feet above 25,000 square feet

High resolution

  • Free for 6,000 square feet and below
  • Approximately 1 cloud credit per 3,000 square feet above 6,000 feet
Advanced Illuminance Approximately 1 cloud credit per MB (variable)

5. What does “variable usage rate”  or “approximately…” mean?

“Variable usage rate” provides the customer options, such as quality and size, for how their task is run that will impact the number of cloud credits required to complete a task when using a cloud service. 
For example, a large, a high-quality rendering will have a higher usage rate than a small, low-quality image. Cloud credit requirements will depend on the service.

Read the full details on Autodesk FAQ.

This is according to Autodesk’s Knowledge Network as of August 1, 2014.  Synergis is not responsible for any changes that Autodesk makes after this date and make no guarantee of this information in the future.  Please see the information on the Autodesk page for Cloud Credits here.

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