Technology Glossary Term

With reference to cloud computing, a cloud workload refers to the amount of compute, memory, storage and other resources required to deploy an application for a given period of time.

Workloads can vary significantly depending on the type of application or service being run, the number of users accessing the system, and the complexity of the tasks being performed. They can be classified based on factors such as CPU usage, memory requirements, disk I/O operations, network traffic, and other performance metrics.

Understanding the workload of an cloud deployed application is crucial for capacity planning, resource allocation, and performance optimization. These requirements are mapped to various cloud resources such as containers, VMs, storage systems, and other components, which are configured and spawned as a cohesive unit of deployment for the workload, within the underlying cloud infrastructure.