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451 Research perspective: 6fusion & Apptio partnership

Analyst: Owen Rogers

Much of our coverage of 6fusion over the past year has focused on its plans for a cloud exchange with partners UCX and CME Group, but the company sees shorter-term opportunities in using its Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) unit of consumption to assess enterprise expenditure performance pre- and post-cloud migration. It recently announced a partnership with Apptio, with the WAC being another data source integrated with Apptio’s broader IT financial management offerings….

For full report go to: https://451research.com/report-short?entityId=85755

SWOT Analysis

Strengths

Weaknesses

6fusion has unique IP in the form of the WAC. Partnerships with the likes of CME Group and Apptio show its credentials. There is no OpenStack support, which is surprising considering that we hear such negative feedback on the open source project’s own meter, Ceilometer. This is perhaps an untapped opportunity, and 6fusion should be careful not to let it pass by.

 

Opportunities

Threats

Comparing best execution venues is a challenge, what with different performance characteristics, price methods and costs. Enterprises want to understand and optimize their consumption – the WAC provides a suitable way of doing this. The WAC is still a proprietary standard, and it’s a long way off from being as commonplace as the kWh, for instance. With projects like OpenStack reinvigorating open source, end users are increasingly liking openness. Are enterprises ready to bet on the WAC?