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 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
- 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