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By John Cowan, CEO Bottom Line:  The incumbent pioneering cloud vendors are 100% direct to market players – regardless of...
Throughout the 1990’s Michael Dell was the poster child for IT Channel disintermediation.  His ‘direct’ sales model took the industry by storm.  Leveraging logistical efficiency and a ‘no middle man’ mantra were hallmarks of Dell’s strategy.  Interestingly though, Dell has … Cont...
Throughout the 1990’s Michael Dell was the poster child for IT Channel disintermediation.  His ‘direct’ sales model took the industry...
Building the ecosystem is critical for the cloud to thrive. This isn’t just a prediction for us, it is a philosophy – customers want solutions that are designed, tested, and certified to work together.  Recently, the 6fusion ecosystem got even … Continue reading ͛...
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 a...
When we read about revolutions historically, they are invariably painted as a momentary epoch during which the world blissfully changes forever and where the victors relish in the glory of positive new direction. Granted, revolutionary ideas are often harmlessly hatched in pubs, coffee...
Make your 2011 New Year’s Cloud Resolution Now! Make your New Years Cloud Resolution now and sign up to attend this informative session.  6fusion will be sharing their cloud predictions for 2011 and will show you how to drive profit and … Continue reading →
New York, Hamilton Bermuda – December 13, 2010 – Meridian Global Fund Services Group, a leading fund administrator, is pleased to announce that it has implemented a managed hosting solution which moves their core IT infrastructure and data into a … Continue reading →...
Raleigh, NC – November 11, 2010 – 6fusion, a company that has developed a system to take control of third party computing resources and create a single utility to meet the needs of the IT Service channel, is the latest … Continue reading →
Integration will help service providers manage their customer cloud systems more simply and easily by centralizing customer information and lower the cost of cloud systems support Durham, North Carolina – November 3, 2010 – 6fusion, the leading provider of utility … Continue read...
New release provides an end-to-end cloud management platform for external, internal and hybrid clouds in a single console powered by the Workload Allocation Cube Durham, North Carolina – October 26, 2010 – 6fusion, the leading provider of utility billed Infrastructure … Continue ...
6fusion, a company that has developed a system to take control of third-party computing resources and create a single utility to meet the needs of the IT Service channel announced that it has raised a $3 million round of venture capital financing. In concert with funding, the company h...
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 Softwa...
6fusion today announced the launch of UC6 3.0 beta for data center operators and IT service providers. 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. 6fusi...
There has been quite a bit of chatter on the web lately about cloud service providers, the IaaS market, private vs public cloud, etc etc. With Cisco taking a head first dive into the business of IaaS enablement and the subsequent publishing of the ROI calculator I felt compelled to sh...
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 purchas...
For folks living in the IT Channel world it was impossible to miss the headline-grabbing news about the big ConnectWise cloud failure late last month.  I have only very limited knowledge of the outage itself from a handful of upset customers and unfortunately the various pundits and re...
Without a doubt, cloud computing – or the idea that I can get all the computing power whenever I need it, wherever I need it, cale up and down on demand paying only for what is consumed – is going mainstream faster than anyone expected. And you don’t need to consult Gartner or Forrest...
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 a...
For the past several months the team at 6fusion has been working directly with a select group of customers using a prototype software tool called the UC6 Profiler.  The UC6 Profiler is an agent we created that uses our patent-pending algorithm for measuring utility computing consumptio...
One of the biggest industry news stories in recent memory happened this past week when Twitter’s back office was ‘hacked’, causing an information leak of epic proportions. When the story broke many read in stunned amazement. What I found in most of the blogs and stories I read followin...
I just watched Google’s Jeff Ragusa’s video clip explaining the Google Apps reseller model. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought the Just for Laughs Festival I attend every year started early. Here is the big joke: Google is offering a whopping 20% of the Google Apps revenu...
In theory, migration to the Cloud makes business sense; you’re enabling companies to rent computing power that would cost them too much to buy. I won’t bore you with yet another blog post on the ‘what is it’ topic. There is a great synopsis of Cloud Computing published by Mache Creeg...
So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here’s the thing. The cloud computing market is already becoming pretty full....
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 t...
Gartner released five criteria to determine whether the pile you’ve been sniffing is in fact what you think it is. In general, I think this type of shoehorn analysis is dangerous because it never really goes deep enough. They are invariably so nebulous that in some small way my hacker ...
The first point he makes is that the majority of Cloud service offerings are aimed at cutting out the Channel from the business equation. He couldn’t be more right about this. Maybe I’ve been in this business for too long, but everything you hear and read about regarding the Channel an...
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 leadershi...
McAfee's basic argument is that it is dangerous and naïve to think of IT as electricity because it breeds a perception that IT 'just happens', much like the experience we have when we plug our toaster into the wall and pop in a slice of bread. He is right on point. The danger of this t...
The power of cloud computing is the stuff of techno-economic paradigms, for sure. But it needs an effective pricing model and here's the kicker: It has to be simple. I mean no offence here to our counterparts that operate public clouds, but pricing is WAY too complex. I know I'm not ...
Co-Founder of innovative utility computing software provider to discuss how MSPs can profit from Cloud Computing and what lies ahead for the IT Services industry. Cowan's keynote presentation, "Get Plugged Into Your Future," will explore how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and IT solu...
George Town, Grand Cayman – 6fusion International last week launched the Workload Allocation Cube at an industry event in Dallas, Texas. The Workload Allocation Cube is a revolutionary methodology that turns practically any x86 enterprise system architecture into a fully functioning u...
6fusion International, a new venture created by IT service professionals to help other service providers enter the hosted software service business, recently announced plans to target the growing Managed Service Provider industry. Managed Service Providers are IT support vendors that ...
I was very surprised to read a blog post from MSP Alliance’s Charles Weaver yesterday. The basic premise of his post is that Microsoft’s move into the SaaS market is no threat to the MSP community because being a MSP is about the management and support of IT and related p...
I was doing some spring cleaning at the office the other day and I happened across a dusty old brief I had stuffed in a file from 6fusion’s early concept phase in 2004. The title was “2004 Predictions: Service Delivery Models Are Key to Success.” Being a history maj...
The promise of Utility Computing is visible everywhere. It’s behind the delivery of cool web 2.0 applications, some advanced multi-tenant software platforms like salesforce.com and even many traditional hosting providers are leveraging the concept in their business models. That...
Earlier this month, Microsoft laid out its revised plans to launch Microsoft Online Services for “businesses of all sizes.” Make no mistake about this move. In my opinion, the writing is on the wall for the channel providers that ultimately built Microsoft into the company...