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What is Cloud Bursting?
Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application runs on a private cloud or datacenter and bursts to a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes. A burst is a specific amount of data sent or received in one intermittent operation when a threshold is reached. The advantage of such a hybrid cloud deployment is that an organization only pays for extra compute resources only when they are needed.

The Business Impact of Cloud Bursting

Neal Sample the former CTO of X.commerce at eBay gave an interesting talk last year on the economic benefit of Cloud Bursting. Neal pointed out eBay traffic statistics and showed some real numbers of the business impact of bursting peak load activities using on-demand cloud resources as presented in the diagram below.
The diagram shows real traffic statistics on eBay site (the brown lines).

The line at the top shows the associated costs for provisioning all the resources for peak loads. The blue lines show what the cost could be if they’d provision for the average load and use on-demand resources for the peak loads. Based on this case study, cloud bursting can yield a 40% reduction in overall costs.
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Published Friday, May 04, 2012 6:54 AM by David Marshall
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