Autodesk brings 3D design suite to web browsers via AWS

Summary:The design software maker is already tapping into the new AWS G2 instances for graphic-intensive workloads on web browsers.


Following up a video codec collaboration with Mozilla and cloud rendering company OTOY earlier this year, Autodesk is taking another -- and much larger -- step into web browsers.

The San Francisco-based software maker is bringing its 3D design, engineering, and entertainment tools to web browsers for the first time ever. That includes Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya and 3ds Max.

Naturally, supporting access to and production of such graphic-heavy workloads on an HTML5 platform is no simple feat.

Thus, Autodesk has tapped Amazon Web Services, which seems to have a hand in a whole number of releases this morning, mostly stemming from its own headquarters but evidently being utilized all over the place already.

The Seattle-based corporation launched a new type of instance using Nvidia Grid graphics processing units for 3D modeling as well as new tools for mobile app developers.

Namely, that also includes the debut of new G2 instances, an Elastic Compute Cloud service designed for 3D graphics intended for graphic intensive efforts, such as visualizations and large workloads.

That's where Autodesk comes back into play.

Autodesk's Remote software suite will be supported on Amazon's on-demand EC2 GPU instances. As an additional incentive, Autodesk is making available free 30-day trials of the aforementioned cloud-based pieces of software.

To wrap things up, AWS also cut EC2 prices once again , all of which should be leading up to a very interesting developer summit in Las Vegas next week if the cloud giant is already unloading plenty of new products one week in advance.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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