As discussed in this Processor.com report, cloudbursting acts as a sort of ‘spillover’ technique that provides data centers with the ability to immediately send capacity overflow to cloud servers without having to maintain additional capacity at all times. The article
also offers examples of when cloudbursting can benefit organizations, and
mentions obstacles data centers face when integrating cloudbursting.
“In other words, cloudbursting acts as a sort of ‘spillover’ technique that enables enterprises to quickly nab additional resources as needed to handle peak or unanticipated demands, explains Peter ffoulkes, vice president of marketing at Adaptive Computing. ‘Additional resources can be sourced from a public cloud vendor to supplement internal systems that are paid for according to use and avoid the year-round cost of owning sufficient resources to meet temporary peaks in demand,’ ffoulkes says.
“In one example, cloud provider ReliaCloud provided ad agency Preston Kelly the necessary cloud capacity so that the agency’s Web site could handle a brief, albeit massive, spike in traffic for a holiday charity promotion. The agency only had to pay for the increased capacity for the time it was needed, which saved it money as well as IT headaches.”