Cloud Computing Flexibility: Empowering Design Changes

Synopsys Editorial Staff

Dec 11, 2022 / 3 min read

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In the cloud, businesses can scale up and down flexibly without making significant upfront investments in hardware and systems. Organizations can respond more directly to employee and customer needs by leveraging cloud computing flexibility without overspending on improvement and evolution.

With cloud computing, employees can work efficiently in the office or remotely. Mobile devices like smartphones, laptops, and notebooks can access files using the cloud. You can also improve collaboration by sharing documents online. 

Cloud Computing Flexibility Areas

Cloud computing provides organizations with flexibility in the following areas:


Cloud infrastructure scales IT resources on demand to support fluctuating workloads. A hallmark of the cloud is its scalability, which is a crucial reason for its popularity among businesses. It is usually possible to scale quickly and easily without disruption or downtime. As a result of their established infrastructure, third-party cloud providers can enable rapid scaling, which an individual business could not accomplish cost-effectively.



Cloud storage offers cost-effective, scalable storage. When demand drops, you don't have to be concerned about limited capacity, replacing failed devices, scaling up, or maintaining underutilized hardware. With cloud storage, you can respond to demand changes by scaling up and down and paying only for what you use. Data can be stored securely online, so those with permission can access it anytime, anywhere.


Control Choices 

You can determine your level of control with as-a-service options:

  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is great for startups and small businesses that need more expertise or capital to maintain their infrastructure. SaaS applications can be accessed through an internet browser from any device at any time. The applications are easily scalable, and the associated data is stored in the cloud. The SaaS provider handles software updates and infrastructure maintenance. 
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provides functional building blocks at the application level, such as database services, identity, access management, etc. The package includes all the infrastructure and operating system software needed to run these services. PaaS providers offer customers virtual infrastructure and state-of-the-art data center hardware and operating systems. As opposed to SaaS, the customer manages both the apps and the data on the platform.
  • The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model allows customers to pay only for the virtual infrastructure they require. A PaaS platform provides flexibility in hosting and storing custom-built applications or standard software. Offloading infrastructure operations and maintenance is particularly beneficial for companies with heavy application workloads.
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Cloud Computing Flexibility and Chip Design

For chip design and verification, cloud computing and storage are instantly accessible. Resource demands vary cyclically and unpredictably throughout the process, so flexibility is essential. 

Cloud providers offer automated provisioning and easy-to-manage environments for chip design teams. Regressions, timing analysis, and physical verification can be performed on as many machines as needed. When your team members complete each step, they can return the resources to the cloud and stop the charges.

Chip design is becoming increasingly complex. Therefore, the industry must be highly agile and offer on-demand scalability and flexibility to ramp up and down its compute infrastructure to support research and development, design, testing, and validation. 

The cloud offers all of these capabilities to the chip industry while providing cost benefits, security, and efficiency at the same time.

A hybrid cloud enables you to take advantage of both private and public clouds by transferring data between the two in case of platform failures for greater flexibility and continuity; if the cloud platform goes down, the on-premises platform can handle workloads efficiently.

Moving EDA workloads to a flexible cloud infrastructure is the logical endpoint for chip companies. You can focus on something other than building your own on-premises HPC environments for EDA workloads. You shouldn't consider infrastructure a strategic imperative because it's not your core competency. A steady flow of chips to the market is your strategic imperative, which means identifying a migration path to a flexible cloud infrastructure. 

Synopsys, EDA, and the Cloud

Synopsys is the industry’s largest provider of electronic design automation (EDA) technology used in the design and verification of semiconductor devices, or chips. With Synopsys Cloud, we’re taking EDA to new heights, combining the availability of advanced compute and storage infrastructure with unlimited access to EDA software licenses on-demand so you can focus on what you do best – designing chips, faster. Delivering cloud-native EDA tools and pre-optimized hardware platforms, an extremely flexible business model, and a modern customer experience, Synopsys has reimagined the future of chip design on the cloud, without disrupting proven workflows.


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