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The long awaited Microsoft Azure pricnig model was announced recently. For a while I really thought Microsoft would use its fashionably late arrival to Cloud Computing to build upon the short comings of other vendors and maybe take advantage of the opportunity to establish a leadership position in Cloud Pricing. Alas, yesterday I discovered that Microsoft will instead add to the confusion when it comes to Cloud Pricing. Here is a snippet of what they announced: Azure pricing is a disappointment on three counts: It isn’t true utility or consumption computing pricing because the customer will not end up paying for what they actually use. Compute and Storage hours are a mistake because it presumes the full consumption of compute unit for any part of 1 hour. The customer doesn’t realize it but they are paying for computing resources they aren’t necessarily going to use... (more)

How One Service Provider is Making Money from the Cloud

As you may or may not be aware, 6fusion is a channel focused company. That means we work exclusively with IT service providers of one variety or another to make the transition from legacy service models to a service model rooted in cloud computing. Our core technology is an algorithm that creates a single unit of measurement for the computing resources you need to run practically any application. You can check out our site to find out more, as this post isn’t intended to be a product pitch. But I thought I would take a few minutes to let readers know a bit more behind the video w... (more)

Cisco ROI Tool Doesn’t Really Help the IaaS Shopper

Infrastructure on Demand on Ulitzer 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 assump... (more)

IaaS Leader 6fusion Launches Comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform

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 Infrastruc... (more)

Six Things That I Think I Think for IaaS in 2011

I love this time of year because it is one of those rare occasions during the corporate and product development process where creative ideas and concepts designed to stimulate future success enter the entrepreneurial blood stream.  It is that rare moment where you have the benefit of an entire year of business fresh in your mind to build upon and an entire new year ahead of you to set new standards and push the envelope of success. For our company and for the industry, 2010 was a huge year.   We completed our Series A round of venture financing, relocated the company to the covete... (more)