We're looking at you, accounting*

Azure Microsofties have crossed their fingers - and everything else - that Redmond's new VM family will hit the sweet spot for customers with sporadic cloud computing jobs.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new B-Series line of CPU virtual machines designed specifically for workloads that stay idle except for some "bursty" spikes a few times a day or a week.

Use cases would include simple websites, testing environments and small databases, such as the ones used by accounting departments.

Handling burstiness is not a new concept in the IT world: businesses have been able to kill, add or resize virtual machines in a third party's data centres (or in their own) for years.

But "the reality is that many VMs still sit idle when workload demand is low," Gartner cloud analyst Marco Meinardi told The Register.

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