One of the benefits of the cloud is the ability to scale to your workload. At least, that’s the idea: Only buy what you need, when you need it.
But depending on your cloud provider and your needs, this is often more of an ideal than a reality. In the case of Microsoft Azure, for example, “burstable” virtual machines have been an obvious omission.
Until this week, however. Azure announced on Tuesday that a burstable VM tier is in public preview, and is finally starting to catch up to Amazon Web Services (which has had burstable VMs since July 2014) and Google Cloud Platform.