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This chapter is from the book 11.6 Cloud Bursting Architecture

11.6 Cloud Bursting Architecture

The cloud bursting architecture establishes a form of dynamic scaling that scales or “bursts out” on-premise IT resources into a cloud whenever predefined capacity thresholds have been reached. The corresponding cloud-based IT resources are redundantly pre-deployed but remain inactive until cloud bursting occurs. After they are no longer required, the cloud-based IT resources are released and the architecture “bursts in” back to the on-premise environment.

Cloud bursting is a flexible scaling architecture that provides cloud consumers with the option of using cloud-based IT resources only to meet higher usage demands. The foundation of this architectural model is based on the automated scaling listener and resource replication mechanisms.

The automated scaling listener determines when to redirect requests to cloud-based IT resources, and resource replication is used to maintain synchronicity between on-premise and cloud-based IT resources in relation to state information (Figure 11.12).

Figure 11.12 An automated scaling listener monitors the usage of on-premise Service A, and redirects Service Consumer C’s request to Service A’s redundant implementation in the cloud (Cloud Service A) once Service A’s usage threshold has been exceeded (1). A resource replication system is used to keep state management databases synchronized (2).

In addition to the automated scaling listener and resource replication, numerous other mechanisms can be used to automate the burst in and out dynamics for this architecture, depending primarily on the type of IT resource being scaled.

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