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.

PR: IaaS Leader 6fusion Launches Comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform for Data Center Operators and IT Service Providers

June 7, 2010 — 6fusion today announced the launch of UC6 3.0 beta for data center operators and IT service providers. The new release includes a number of important new features, including:

– Building, controlling and maintaining cloud workloads running on 6fusion’s iNode Network or privately within the customer’s own data center
– Integration of the light weight 
UC6 Profiler agent, released in 2009, into the UC6 Console dashboard, giving service providers the capability to perform deep pre-migration analysis
– Capability for data center operators and customers to launch new 6fusion Infrastructure Nodes anywhere in the world from a centralized NOC
– Instantly ‘unplug’ workloads from the cloud and redirect them elsewhere
– True metered utility powered by 6fusion’s patent-pending Workload Allocation Cube algorithm
– Integrated granular charge back capability for enterprise resource segments
– A rich set of integrationg capabilities to allow external programs to take advantage of the highly modular design of UC6.

UC6 is a software platform that converts virtualized servers, network and storage into a billable utility and makes the utility computing resources accessible to external users. 6fusion federates independent third party data centers, which comprises its iNode Network. The iNode Network is used by IT Service Providers and Independent Software Vendors to deploy cloud based solutions on behalf of their customers, paying only for the compute resources consumed. 6fusion is the only 100% channel-only focused IaaS enabler in the market.

UC6 can also be deployed inside a private enterprise by 6fusion Solution Partners, which 6fusion has been quietly doing for the past several months. “The ability to create a single interface for Enterprise customers to deploy workloads internally or externally onto the iNode Network is in very high demand in the cloud industry,” said 6fusion co-founder and CTO Delano Seymour, the principal architect behind UC6. “Using UC6 3.0, customers can deploy workloads to either their own private data center or one of our multi-tenant data center partners in a matter of minutes,” he added.

UC6 3.0 was also designed to be hypervisor independent, a key feature for the future of IaaS. “There is a lot of debate going on right now over the viability of virtualization vendors offering full cloud management solutions, but our customers don’t want to be locked in to one vendor,” said 6fusion co-founder and CEO John Cowan. “UC6 3.0 architecture will allow the customer to use their choice of hypervisor without compromising the richness and functionality of the cloud or getting locked in,” he said.

The new 6fusion platform also features the UC6 Profiler, which was introduced to the market a year ago. Since launching the free tool, customers and partners have been using it to analyze the potential cost of moving to the cloud before conducting any actual migration. “Profiler allows our partners to gain valuable insight into the cost performance of customer applications they are thinking about migrating to the 6fusion iNode Network,” said 6fusion Director of Partner Development Doug Steele. “With our new release, the Profiler agent can be deployed directly from the UC6 Console,” he added.

Data residency control and self-service provisioning were considered high on 6fusion’s priority list for UC6 3.0. “When we started our company customers gravitated to us because we could assure them control over where their data sits,” Steele explained. “Now, customers in one geography can ensure that some data remain local and other data can be processed in a completely different geography, without ever having to leave 6fusion’s console to accomplish the task,” he added.

UC6 3.0 usage is based on 6fusion’s patent-pending algorithm, called the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC). The WAC algorithm dynamically blends the critical compute resources required to operate practically every x86 based software application, yielding a single unit of measurement. “The Workload Allocation Cube is the most granular unit of measurement for cloud infrastructure on the market,” said Mr. Seymour. “Our customers have been using the WAC for over three years to meter cloud infrastructure because of our unique ability to simplify the cloud consumption experience,” he added.

UC6 3.0 is first being made available for existing partners and customers, followed by a general public release scheduled for later in the year. For more information about 6fusion UC6 3.0 or other 6fusion related technologies, email info(at)6fusion(dot)com or visithttp://www.6fusion.com

3 Universal Truths about Enabling the IaaS Market

There has been quite a bit of chatter on the web lately about cloud service providers, the IaaS market, private vs public cloud, etc etc. With Cisco taking a head first dive into the business of IaaS enablement and the subsequent publishing of the ROI calculator I felt compelled to share some insight from 6fusion beyond my quick blog post the other day.

6fusion has been helping data center providers create utility computing nodes for about 5 years. Not a lot of time in the big picture, but a heck of a lot of time in the cloud service provider industry for sure. We give our technology (yes, give) to data centers and help them (at no cost) get into the cloud service provider business. Over that span of time we have discovered a few universal truths about this market.

Before I elaborate on that, let me give you a quick introduction to part of the process what we go through with new data center partners.

This is an excerpt from a 6fusion process document for new IaaS partners:

4. ROI Calculator

In order to estimate the value of your 6fusion utility computing node, we require certain data inputs, the results of which will identify precisely the amount of revenue a prospective partner can expect to earn. The inputs we require include:

  1. Total Number of Blade Servers
  2. Total Number of Rack Servers
  3. Total Number of Hard Drives
  4. Total Internet (WAN) Capacity

    In addition to raw material quantities, UCV Program Partners must complete [a simple input table that characterizes the cost and technical limits of their resource pools]

Every single time we do this process our partners make the same first remark: “That’s it? No forty-sheet excel workbook? No training course to understand all of this? No pain? No charge?”

Yup.

That’s it. Well, I guess I should say that part of this is possible because of our secret sauce, but I won’t get in to that here.

So here are the three universal truths we’ve learned about enabling the IaaS market:

Truth #1: The money-in equation trumps everything else in the decision process.

I can show any data center vendor how much they can make based on the hardware they want to toss into the game. And THAT is the part the service provider cares most about.

Truth #2: All x86 hardware, no matter how many white papers you publish, is a commodity in the IaaS world.

Note to Cisco and others: You are the guys that supply the coal for the furnace. That’s it. That’s all. You do it really well – and without you this whole thing won’t even exist. But when our partners go through this process they honestly don’t give a shit about brands, logos, super bowl ads, flash web sites and twitter feeds. They care about how your revenue run rate yield compares to your biggest competitor.

Truth #3: Agnosticism is a powerful currency.

Cisco releasing an ROI calculator for their own kit is like asking the Pope his honest opinion about how Catholicism stacks up against the other religions. Honestly. Are we really that naïve? Giving the service provider a truly objective view into ROI packs a very powerful punch.

The really interesting thing is that providers like 6fusion can be a tremendous asset to the hardware companies that really truly have stuff customers should buy. What better way to prove your marketing department right than to see how you stack up in an objective, apples to apples comparison? Think you’re the crème that rises to the top? We could actually help you prove it!

Cisco ROI Tool Doesn’t Really Help the IaaS Shopper

So Cisco just released it new flashy ROI calculator for cloud service providers looking to buy kit and get into the game. Check it out here:  http://www.cisco.com/assets/sol/sp/iaas/flash/roi_calculator/index.html

While the movement to create easy to use tools to help simplify purchasing decisions should be applauded, Cisco’s online tool doesn’t really help the customer out. Here’s why:

  • Comparing Cisco with other vendors just multiplied the volume of evaluation work necessary to actually make a decision – this of course goes against the assumption by Cisco that anyone would even entertain another vendor!
  • There is no way to bench mark ROI performance per compute resource and drill down into bloated cost centers.
  • There is no way to address customers that use IaaS in anomalistic usage patterns. What happens to my ROI if I have a handful of I/O hogs that drown out others?
  • The tool makes the assumption that IaaS must be delivered the way Cisco sees it, which removes most of the wiggle room to create customized services

The Cisco tool highlights the problem when big iron vendors operate in a vacuum, which only underscores why raw material supply in the cloud business must be abstracted entirely from service delivery. I don’t doubt that Cisco has a great infrastructure product set – but what would truly be useful is a system that allows the buyer to really compare apples to apples and make a purchase decision on true ROI analysis.