6Fusion Updates Cloud Computing Platform, Meters the Cloud

6Fusion Updates Cloud Computing Platform, Meters the Cloud

Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider 6Fusion has a big plan: make enterprise cloud computing usage as metered as your electricity bill. I spoke with 6Fusion VP of Product Management Rob Bissett about how this week’s launch of their UC6 3.0 cloud computing product factors in. Here’s some perspective.

We covered the functionality basics of UC6 3.0 back in June 2010 when it was released in beta, but the general idea is that it’s designed to be a cloud management platform that’s a so-called “pane of glass” through which administrators can provision cloud resources.

But one thing MSPmentor glossed over was the idea of the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) -- an idea that 6Fusion’s Bissett thinks is going to change everything. Simply put, Bissett says that 6Fusion has put together an algorithm to measure cloud usage and bill customers in the same way the electric company charges per kilowatt. Which is to say, you pay only for what you use, which Bissett says is a concept that demolishes a barrier to cloud adoption.

Bissett -- a veteran of N-able, as you may recall -- says 6Fusion’s real competitive strength is the ability to be deployed across third-party data centers the same as it can be deployed on a private network. It’s a purely channel-focused offering, he says, and by giving partners an IaaS offering that combines that flexibility with the know-what-you-pay-for WAC model, Bissett thinks 6Fusion is onto something special.

While 6Fusion isn’t in any position to dictate standards just yet, Bissett acknowledges that the company’s goal is to bring WAC billing to all aspects of the industry. Expect to hear more about 6Fusion in the near future.

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