In cloud environments, the workload refers to the number of tasks performed by an instance or group of instances running on the cloud. It is an abstraction of actual work under given cloud computing components and resources, that needs to be done in a specific time. A workload can be standardised as a benchmark for evaluating the performance of computing resources.

Points to Remember

  • A workload can be seen as an abstract description of the amount of work and the capability of an application that runs in different physical environments. These environments may have unique configurations suitable to the underlying resources in play.
  • Workloads can have multiple several attributes, such as compliance, time-bound, geolocation requirement and the limit of resources. These traits define the certain environment and configuration needed to run a workload.