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….

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SWOT Analysis



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.




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?


About 6fusion

6fusion empowers the world’s largest companies to buy, operate, and sell IT as a Utility, bridging the gap between the traditional silos of Finance, Technology, and Operations. Our technology enables data driven IT Infrastructure decision making based on real-time consumption metrics, and creates IT Financial Intelligence using the power of data standardization.

The foundation of 6fusion’s platform is the patented Workload Allocation Cube (kWAC). The Workload Allocation Cube (kWAC) is the vendor agnostic, market standard unit of measurement for IT. It works by comparing realtime utilization (workload) against a fixed baseline (allocation) spanning six vectors (cube) - CPU, Memory, Storage, Disk i/o, LAN i/o, and WAN i/o.