Just announced is that NVIDIA is now selling mental ray Standalone directly to users. Previously you would buy Standalone from your integration partner like Autodesk as well as support. This support comes with as few as 10 licenses.
Important things to note about this:
- Support is provided through NVIDIA directly
- Access to private support forum
- Enables DCC application updates
- Types of support based on customer and need
- Current versions of mental ray available as well as fixes sooner
As a side effect this moves mental ray into the realm of a separate product from DCC applications and makes NVIDIA the source of information for mental ray in the future. Feedback from customers now reaches developers at ARC without filtering through an integration partner.
Take a look at their new page here: mental ray Standalone
Official Blog announcement here.