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The cloud bursting bubble: Still no easy solution to compute spikes
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of February 2016 issue, Volume 5, Issue 2
Cloud bursting: the prospect of paying only for what you use has long spurred interest in public cloud computing, from both C-level executives and IT managers faced with lean budgets. A hybrid cloud that can elastically expand workloads to a public cloud provider during peak demand -- and then scale back to the original in-house servers when demand subsides -- tempts organizations with promises of unlimited, uninterrupted service free of large capital outlays. It's easy to see why cloud bursting is attractive. A hybrid cloud model in which workloads move seamlessly across clouds and dynamically adjust to changing demand serves as a shining example of how IT can enable the business to respond to its customers. However, the reality is that bursting in-house workloads to exploit the near-limitless resources of a public cloud has been more than a headache; for most organizations, it's unobtainable. "I do not think it is as prevalent as most people think it is," said Edward Haletky, principal analyst at The Virtualization Practice. "...
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