BACKGROUND IMAGE: iSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

This content is part of the Essential Guide: Develop a solid virtualization capacity planning strategy
Definition

workload

In computing, the workload is the amount of processing that the computer has been given to do at a given time. The workload consists of some amount of application programming running in the computer and usually some number of users connected to and interacting with the computer's applications.

A defined workload can be specified as a benchmark when evaluating a computer system in terms of performance (how easily the computer handles the workload), which in turn is generally divided into response time (the time between a user request and a response to the request from the system) and throughput (how much work is accomplished over a period of time).

This was last updated in January 2006

Continue Reading About workload

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchWindowsServer

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

Close