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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

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Enterprise Customer Uses 6fusion Profiler to Drive Cloud Strategy

I’ve been off the radar in recent weeks as things around 6fusion have been busy, but few weeks ago we blogged about the Profiler application we’ve been working on. I’ve just come up for a bit of air on the project but while I was in the thick of things we unearthed an interesting sample of real life, multi-faceted, cloud impact. I thought it was worth sharing and my IT Director friend at the company I’m about to tell you about said it was ok to share a tidbit with the world (Special thanks, S.).

Before I get into some of the details of this post, let me give you a little snapshot of the Enterprise operation we’ve been working with:

  • Location: Caribbean/Latin America
  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Data Centers Operated: One internal/One co-lo
  • Main Challenges: The client faced infrastructure budget restrictions, which stresses application time to production cycles. In addition, the customer needed to reduce the cost of protecting mission critical systems without compromising their established RPOs and RTOs. Most importantly, certain data and applications could not be operated in North America for compliance/regulatory reasons.

Like many IT leaders today, the IT Director of this company was looking to the cloud to potentially address their business requirements.

Using 6fusion’s Profiler technology currently in controlled beta, the customer was able to determine a projected cloud computing cost application by application across their enterprise. Here is a snapshot of their live data output:

What we find intriguing about the report capabilities we’ve enabled is that we are helping the customer cross the cloud chasm by using dollars and cents as the vessel. We believe the price to value ratio trumps even the most innovative of technologies in almost every purchasing decision. So it stands to reason that if you can’t tell a customer ‘what it costs’, you are pretty much just selling to yourself.

Cloud computing is no different.

Newly armed with valuable information about the cost of running their EXISTING production applications in active and passive states in the cloud, the IT Director could make confident business decisions that not only met his technical objectives, but also the objectives in his counterparts in the Finance Dept.

An interesting observation about integrating 6fusion into the enterprise is that our technology helps to blur the line between public and private cloud infrastructure. By turning the client’s own infrastructure into a self-contained cloud (or private cloud) using the same algorithm that powers our public cloud offering, we can effectively create a permanent economic bridge between the two environments (and like a real bridge, it can support free-flowing two-way traffic).

So here is how this individual client is using this economic bridge to drive cloud migration priorities for their organization: They identified a set of workloads they urgently need infrastructure to perform vital test and dev processes. Inexpensively and safely, they can operate those workloads in cost-reduced resources located in the U.S. Next, they identified two mission critical systems – Exchange and SQL – that they can duplicate leveraging the public cloud infrastructure located in the Caribbean/Latin America region. This is critical for the customer because things like email and databases must remain in certain jurisdictions only (excluding the U.S).  This issue transcends many enterprise cloud deployment scenarios and the subject has is getting a lot of coverage lately.

The end result for the client:

  • They achieve public cloud leverage at a financial pace they can handle out of the gate and in the future
  • They effectively doubled their data center footprint to include utility resources located in the U.S and Caribbean/Latin America regions
  • Because of the ability to cloud profile, they can make periodic future cloud migration decisions in lock step with the constraints put on by the Finance Dept
  • With a cloud profile, they know cloud costs well before they spend time and resources tapping into and testing a public cloud
  • They maintained data residency integrity – a crucial show stopper for any cloud consideration in the past
  • They have a public cloud infrastructure that runs both their web oriented apps as well as their line-of-business apps, eliminating the need for cloud-silos.

The future for this client, like many others we’ve begun to collaborate with in recent months, is rooted now in cloud efficiency. Here are some of the questions 6fusion and its partners will help address for IT operations:

  • How can I make my current production applications scale more efficiently so that I can reduce my cloud costs prior to migration?
  • How far can I push the public / private cloud integration envelope?
  • Using the cloud like a pure utility, what workloads can I power down during off peak to shrink my cost footprint?
  • How do my applications in cloud perform against category benchmarks from 6fusion’s ecosystem?

UC6 Profiler is in beta. If you’ve got an interesting set of business circumstances and a serious need to contain or reduce your or your customer’s IT Ops costs, give us a holler.