Workload Allocation Cube (WAC)
One of the key benefits of the cloud is the ability to access capacity on demand, as you need it. Traditional cloud vendors have tried to limit this flexibility by locking you into fixed price cloud instances. 6fusion’s innovative new metering system, call the Workload Allocation Cube (WAC), allows you to access and pay for computing resources in the way you want – on demand.
The WAC algorithm and costing methodology dynamically blends the critical compute resources required to operate practically every x86 based software application, yielding a single unit of measurement. It’s called a cube because a cube has six sides and there are six compute resources that comprise a single WAC unit: CPU, Memory, Storage, Disk I/O, LAN I/O, and WAN I/O.
The WAC is rapidly changing the landscape for the cloud computing market. Here’s why:
- It makes consuming cloud resources simple
- It enables cost profiling pre-cloud migration
- It inspires global interoperability
- It allows data center managers to measure and optimize the cost of supply
- It creates an exchange value to drive supply and demand
See how the WAC can benefit IT Service Providers, Enterprise IT Departments, Datacenter Operators and Public Sector organizations.
WAC for IT Service Providers:
6fusion levels the playing field for IT Service Providers. Never before was there a metric that answers the question, “How much will it cost to move to the cloud?” With the combination of the WAC and the UC6 Cloud Management Platform, Service Providers can measure consumption using a universal metric. The cost of computing is then determined by where the customer wants to run their systems – in the public cloud, in a private cloud, or across multiple datacenters in different locations. The universality of the metric ensures that the measured consumption is the same, regardless of location.
WAC for Enterprise IT:
Building an internal cloud is no small undertaking. Beyond the technical challenges of sizing and building the cloud, how do you measure the cost of using it?
In traditional models, cost measurement was simple. The cost of the hardware, software, hosting and deployment could be charged back to the users of the system. In a cloud world, with shared resources and variable consumption, measuring the cost of production is not so straightforward. The WAC can be used to measure the computing power produced by the infrastructure, from which you can distill the cost of production. The UC6 platform is able to precisely measure how many computing resources are being consumed by any cloud-based application. This gives enterprises unparalleled insight into how many resources are being consumed by an application on an ongoing basis, allowing for cost allocation across systems, departments and organizational units. In addition to measuring consumption, the WAC can also help enterprises measure the computing capacity of their infrastructure.
WAC for Cloud Providers:
If you don’t know your cost, how can you ensure you are making a profit on each and every workload? 6fusion’s Workload Allocation Cube technology helps to answer this question. Leveraging the WAC, Data Center Operators can measure the total computing capacity that their infrastructure generates. Combine that knowledge with the cost of production (acquisition plus ongoing management), and you can optimize your infrastructure spend and set a sell price per WAC that allows you to go to market with a profitable and competitive price. By metering customer workloads leveraging the WAC, Data Center Operators can provide true, consumption-based cloud services.
WAC for Public Sector Organizations:
With the common budget constraints of public sector organizations, measuring the cost of production of cloud services is a critical component. The combination of the WAC and UC6 Cloud Platform provides organizations unparalleled insight into how many resources are being consumed by an application on an ongoing basis, allowing for cost allocation across systems, departments and organizational units.
Imagine a world with full transparency into both the cost of production and consumption on a server-by-server and department-by-department basis. Cost allocation, charge backs, capacity planning, and insource versus outsource conversations become clear and transparent, turning the focus from hardware and software management to optimizing operations.