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Infrastructure Masons: What's a kWAC?

6fusion proposes a new method for measuring IT

Infrastructure Masons is an industry group established in April 2016 by Dean Nelson, who was previously responsible for data center operations at eBay and PayPal.

It aims to bring together people who build data centers - designers, architects and engineers - to share best practices, see new technology, and possibly even influence the development of the industry as a whole.

In the video above, Nelson interviews Rob Bissett, Chief Strategy Officer at 6fusion, about the company’s Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) - the universal meter for IT infrastructure. The virtual appliance takes into account metrics like the power of the CPU , amount of memory and disk I/O available, as well as energy spent on these resources, to come up with a new unit of measurement - the kWAC.

According to Bissett, the WAC enables customers to easily compare different infrastructure providers, including cloud vendors. It also helps cloud providers demonstrate the value for money they can achieve.

Readers' comments (2)

  • George Rockett

    Where can you get more information on how to measure your kWAC?

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  • 6Fusion doesn't seem to have explained that. It's combined - somehow - from six metrics:
    - CPU in GHZ
    - Memory in Gbyte
    - Storage in Tbyte
    - Disk I/O in Mbps
    - LAN I/O in Gbps
    - WAN I/O in Gbps

    There's no formula I can find. I'll ask them how they combine these things, and what a "standard" load needs in in kWACs.


  • Hey folks... Email me on jcowan at 6fusion dot com.

    I would be happy to get you all the technical specifics...


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  • Thanks John


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