Workload is, well, a loaded word. It’s frequently and widely used by IT professionals, but it can mean different things to different people, especially in a world increasingly powered by a variety of cloud computing technologies. One thing’s for sure, all workloads and no play can be a daunting way of life.
“The word workload presses into my chest and fills me with dread,” said Steve McDowell, senior tech analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Load takes up as much space as work, and gets the final say. Load implies a burden. Effort. Something to avoid.”
Workload can mean different things to different people, especially in cloud computing. In computer science terms, a workload refers to a computer system’s ability to handle and process work. Viewing, editing or sharing a photo from a laptop requires the computer to process software instructions. Every time someone makes a search on Google, a workload is processed by data centers that find and present results.
Simply put, a workload is about “putting elements together to get data, finding out what something means or developing something,” said Judith Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates and author of Cloud Computing for Dummies. “It’s fundamental to computing.”