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Cloud burst is a quality of service (QoS) metric used to gauge cloud solution scalability and measure software application capability and performance on hosted cloud platforms.
Cloud application and service vendors provide benchmark performance ratios for total leased infrastructure and ensure maximized application hosting. However, a well-designed, scalable, flexible and reliable architecture easily handles network traffic and computing requirements, while a poorly-designed architecture will falter when subjected to resource-hungry applications.
Also known as cloud bursting.