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The 6fusion ecosystem gets bigger!

Building the ecosystem is critical for the cloud to thrive. This isn’t just a prediction for us, it is a philosophy – customers want solutions that are designed, tested, and certified to work together.  Recently, the 6fusion ecosystem got even better (and bigger) with the announcement that Network Box USA has been granted Certified Solution status with 6fusion.

For more details, see the announcement here

We are excited to welcome Network Box to the 6fusion family!  Stay tuned for more ecosystem announcements from 6fusion as we continue to build out the premier cloud ecosystem for the channel.

 

 

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PR: Meridian Global Fund Services Moves to 6fusion iNode Network

New York, Hamilton Bermuda – December 13, 2010 – Meridian Global Fund Services Group, a leading fund administrator, is pleased to announce that it has implemented a managed hosting solution which moves their core IT infrastructure and data into a secure cloud environment.

Meridian has partnered with 6fusion, a leading cloud hosting provider who has developed a consumption-based billing model allowing hosted infrastructure to be billed as a utility through their solution partner network; and Ignition, an international IT managed services provider. 6fusion developed the managed hosting and consumption metering platform for Meridian while Ignition acted as the IT consultant in the set up process and will provide ongoing resources as needed.

“This initiative has significantly improved our scalability as a global fund administrator and has solidified our disaster recovery solution,” said Eric Smith, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Meridian Global Fund Services. “We now have the capacity to manage our data needs and realize value from improved performance, improved reliability and lowered cost.”

”We are very excited about the strategic partnership with Meridian Global Fund Services,” said Rob Bissett, Vice President, Product Management at 6fusion. “Through 6fusion, Meridian is leveraging a distributed data network that provides  access to significant resources and the ability for virtual unlimited scalability and growth. Our utility metered model contributed to Meridian migrating to the cloud.” The 6fusion data centre is a state-of-the art secure facility with SAS 70 Certification.

“We look forward to supporting Meridian’s migration in Bermuda with a 24/7 help desk, quality assurance, managed services, and proactive network monitoring,” said Michael W. Branco, Senior Vice President, The Ignition Group of Technology Companies. ”Meridian has stepped ahead of its competitors by choosing a hosted infrastructure solution and managed IT services allowing them to concentrate on the core competencies of fund administration rather than managing their own day to day IT.” Ignition supports 5,000 plus users in 32 countries.

PR: New Kids on Campus – 6fusion Partners with NC State University

Raleigh, NC – November 11, 2010 – 6fusion, a company that has developed a system to take control of third party computing resources and create a single utility to meet the needs of the IT Service channel, is the latest company to become a partner on NC State University’s Centennial Campus.

The company is occupying space in the Venture IV building on the research park and technology campus.

“We are delighted to have 6fusion on campus,” said Dennis Kekas, associate vice chancellor of the Centennial Partnership office. “With its background in cloud computing and our research in that area, we think they are an ideal partner going forward.”

6fusion has developed an algorithm that radically simplifies the metering, consumption and billing of compute resources, called the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC). The company also has developed a platform called UC6, which provides a single pane-of-glass user interface for customers to dynamically provision cloud workloads internal or external to their organization.

“We spent a considerable amount of time with the team at Centennial Campus after we completed our relocation to the Research Triangle,” said John Cowan, CEO of 6fusion. “Centennial Campus is not only an exciting, intellectually stimulating place to locate an entrepreneurial venture – it’s also a unique venue that allows us to partner on research and development facilities in a campus atmosphere that is more than just office space.”

6fusion makes iNode computing power available exclusively through IT service providers, independent software vendors and managed service providers. The company uses iNodes to build and launch ‘cloud’ based services to its user communities and customers worldwide. The company bridges the gap between supply and demand of utility computing resources with the company’s software technology called UC6. UC6 is a single console that handles all of the metering and billing of the “infrastructure” and deployment and control of customer “applications.”

In addition to the corporate relocation, 6fusion has also partnered with NC State’s Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng) to develop collaborative research initiatives. ITng is also located on Centennial Campus.

“ITng is a perfect fit for 6fusion’s long term R&D program,” said 6fusion co-founder and CTO Delano Seymour.

6fusion To Integrate UC6 Cloud Platform with ConnectWise PSA Business Operating System

Integration will help service providers manage their customer cloud systems more simply and easily by centralizing customer information and lower the cost of cloud systems support

Durham, North CarolinaNovember 3, 20106fusion, the leading provider of utility billed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the channel, today announced participation in the ConnectWise Developer Network program.  6fusion will deliver integration between the UC6 cloud platform and the ConnectWise PSA business operating system, offering service providers an integrated workflow and user experience.

The integration between UC6 and ConnectWise PSA will focus on providing integrated workflows and reducing duplication of effort and data by allowing service providers to import customer and user accounts from ConnectWise into the UC6 platform.  This will help service providers centralize their customer information, improve the process for keeping customer information up to date and reduce the duplication of effort.

“With the UC6/ConnectWise PSA integration, service providers can drive additional growth and profitability from the cloud by lowering operating costs and improving organizational scalability,” explained Rob Bissett, Vice President of Product Management for 6fusion.

Additionally, UC6 will export all workloads to ConnectWise as managed configurations, which will improve the service provider’s ability to offer their customers exceptional service as well as to include cloud workloads in ConnectWise reports.

“We are excited to be working with 6fusion to provide improved operational support for cloud-deployed workloads,” said Jeannine Edwards, Director of ConnectWise Community.  “We are committed to partnering with leading vendors to drive additional value to our community.“

To learn more, visit www.6fusion.com or stop by Booth #422 at the ConnectWise IT Nation 2010 event in Orlando, Florida, November 4-6, 2010.

Contact: John Cowan, 919-917-5150

6fusion Announces the General Availability of its Cloud Computing Platform UC6 Version 3.0

New release provides an end-to-end cloud management platform for external, internal and hybrid clouds in a single console powered by the Workload Allocation Cube

Durham, North CarolinaOctober 26, 20106fusion, the leading provider of utility billed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) today announced the general availability of its latest cloud computing platform UC6 Version 3.0.  The new release builds on the company’s core utility metering technology and includes a multi-tenant cloud management console, self-service workload creation and management and improved features to help customers orchestrate workload migration to the cloud.

Leveraging 6fusion’s unique metering algorithm – the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) – the UC6 platform turns the cloud into a billable utility.  Users can meter cloud resource usage and either cost allocate or bill based on actual computing resource consumption.  Paying for Infrastructure as a Service using the WAC is like paying for electricity by the kilowatt, ensuring customers are only charged for what they actually use and providing improved transparency into cost and resource allocation.  “With the release of UC6 Version 3.0, service providers and enterprises now have the tools necessary to turn the cloud into a truly utility based model, regardless of whether they are using external, internal or hybrid cloud services,” said 6fusion CEO John Cowan.

6fusion’s UC6 Version 3.0 provides an end-to-end cloud management platform for internal, external and hybrid clouds.  “UC6 3.0 creates a single pane of glass through which enterprise customers, service providers and data center operators can provision and manage compute resources on a global basis,” explained Rob Bissett, 6fusion’s VP of Product Management.  Through the UC6 user interface, customers can instantly deploy new cloud workloads to their own private infrastructure or infrastructure that belongs to multi-tenant service providers anywhere in the world.

Another key feature is the Profiler module.  Initially released as a stand-alone tool in 2009, Profiler comes fully integrated with UC6 3.0.  “Profiler is a critical tool for our business because it unlocks valuable insight into the cost performance of an application, the number one barrier to cloud-based adoption,” said Greg Onoprijenko, Managing Director of Sales for e-ternity Business Continuity Consultants.  “Our customers depend on Profiler to help determine and prioritize their cloud migration strategies.”

UC6 3.0 can be deployed to create multi-tenant IaaS or within the private confines of an Enterprise data center.  “We believe the future of the IaaS business rests with the capability to seamlessly bridge the business requirements of Enterprise customers with the technical capabilities of service providers,” said Cowan.  Phil Santoni, CEO of Net Direct Systems, agrees. “We chose to partner with 6fusion because they built a platform that addresses many of the challenges facing cloud adoption within the Enterprise market,” said Santoni.  “Net Direct System’s cloud service strategy is based on 6fusion’s ability to not just meter and bill compute resources, but also safely and securely permit the customer to outsource workloads on-demand to external data centers.”

To learn more about UC6 3.0, try the platform for free, or to get more information about joining the cloud, visit www.6fusion.com.

Contact: info(at)6fusion(dot)com, 888-492-4408

6fusion Raises $3 Million Round of Financing, Relocates to North Carolina

DURHAM, NC – August 23, 2010 – 6fusion, a company that has developed a system to take control of third party computing resources and create a single utility to meet the needs of the IT Service channel announced today that it has raised a $3 million round of venture capital financing. In concert with funding, the company has moved its headquarters to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

The $3 million round, which is the company’s first institutional financing, was led by Intersouth Partners, and will be used to add to its senior executive team and expand research and development as the company continues to scale. “6fusion is growing at a fierce pace,” said John Cowan, co-founder and CEO of 6fusion. “Intersouth is an important part of our future and will be a crucial partner in helping to enable our success in what has become a quickly evolving industry.”

6fusion has developed an algorithm that radically simplifies the metering, consumption and billing of compute resources, called the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC). The WAC is the most granular and universal metric for metering and delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The company also has developed a platform called UC6, which provides a single pane of glass user interface for customers to dynamically provision cloud workloads internal or external to their organization.

Katrin Burt and Mitch Mumma of Intersouth will join the company’s Board of Directors. “IT managers and service providers are seeking an efficient and simple cloud strategy – one that can allow for the scaling up and down of cloud resources while maximizing ROI,” said Katrin Burt, a partner with Intersouth Partners. “6fusion allows partners and customers to access their resources and manage them from anywhere in the world in a seamless, unified fashion.”¬¬

The company will be temporarily housed at Intersouth’s offices in Durham, North Carolina until it finalizes its new headquarters location.

6fusion considered every major market before deciding to relocate the company to Research Triangle Park. “The Research Triangle has a rich history of strong infrastructure development and a cadre of growing companies, which makes it an exciting place to locate our company,” said Cowan. “As cloud computing continues to redefine IT delivery, we look forward to playing an important role in establishing the Research Triangle as a key location for the industry.”

About 6fusion
6fusion is a new venture created by a group of IT professionals to help other IT and telecommunications service providers enter and adapt to the new and profitable world of managed or hosted technology services by co-creating value and providing a single Utility Computing platform from which they can build, launch and license profitable long-term revenue initiatives. 6fusion’s unique, patent-pending technology creates a single unit of measurement for calculating and billing x86 computing consumption for any software application run on any hardware platform. Through a combination of technology, investments and partnerships with world class data centers, 6fusion provides unprecedented ROI and time to market for VARs, MSPs, SaaS Providers, ISPs, ISVs and end customers.

Contact
John Cowan, CEO
6fusion
jcowan@6fusion.com
919.917.5150

Suzanne Cantando
Intersouth Partners
suzanne@intersouth.com
919.493.6640, ext. 108

PR: 6fusion Launches Utility Computing Node in Canada

Global utility computing enabler 6fusion has partnered with e-ternity Business Continuity Consultants Inc. (e-ternity), to deliver its innovative cloud computing platform and cloud ecosystem for the first time in Canada. 6fusion provide s IT Service Providers (ITSP), Independent Software Vendors and enterprise customers with the ability to access computing resources on-demand in order to “cloud-enable” software applications. The 6fusion ecosystem includes data centers in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, and boasts numerous cloud enabled applications that ITSP and enterprise customers can access today. e-ternity, is a Mississauga, Ontario based organization with deep expertise in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery that provides technology and cloud based solutions that guarantee business continuance to customers in Canada.

6fusion’s software platform, called UC6, takes control of virtualized hardware in the data center and converts it into a compute utility. UC6 leverages 6fusion’s unique, patent-pending algorithm called a Workload Allocation Cube (WAC), which creates a single unit of measurement for metering and billing computing consumption for any software application running on any hardware platform. “The WAC succeeds where other utility computing, cloud computing and managed hosting systems fail.” said 6fusion CTO Delano Seymour. “Paying for compute resources using the WAC is like paying for electricity by the kilowatt hour,” he added. “You have a simple consumption metric and you only pay for what you actually use.”

Under the terms of the partnership, e-ternity will provide the technology infrastructure layer and associated management to support the 6fusion infrastructure node. “The 6fusion offering represents an enormous opportunity for customers in Canada in 2010 and beyond,” said Michael Aaron, e-ternity’s Managing Director of Sales. “We are bringing together some of the most advanced cloud computing technology and respected IT service faculties in the region in order to create a truly unique offering, one that we personally intend to utilize for our rapidly growing business continuity/disaster recovery service,” he added.

The Infrastructure Node will be housed in a fully redundant Tier III data center. The facility provides guaranteed service levels, scalability, and is specifically designed to mitigate the risk of service disruption. The data center is also PCI DSS, SAS70 and CICA 5970 (Type II) audited, ensuring the highest operating levels within the industry.

The 6fusion model enables organizations to access its suite of cloud enabled applications or to move internal applications from in-house IT environment to the ‘cloud’, and access these applications over the internet or private networks in a pure utility pay-as-you-go model. “e-ternity is a highly regarded organization run by proven winners. We are excited to be working with their team to bring new cloud services to the Canadian marketplace,” said Doug Steele, 6fusion’s Director of Partner Development.

Greg Onoprijenko, e-ternity’s Managing Director of Business Strategy, is bullish about the market potential in Canada. According to Onoprijenko, “the attraction to store, access, and process information in the ‘cloud’ is very appealing to many businesses for different reasons, but the one question that persists is whether the cloud is ‘enterprise ready’?’. Clients looking at the 6fusion e-ternity partnership will rest assured that the answer to the question is yes.

Customers and service providers eager to test drive the new cloud platform are invited to visit http://www.6fusion.com or email info(at)6fusion(dot)com or info(at)e-ternity(dot)ca.