How do burst resources work?

One useful way to describe burst resource management is by using an example of living in an apartment building. If the VPS is like an apartment building with, for this example, 10 units (the apartment building is the server and the apartment units are the VPS accounts). All of the "units" are identical in size but they share some resources (electricity in this case). In this example, each apartment is guaranteed the ability to have 10 appliances worth of electricity at all times but has 150 outlets in the apartment. If one of the other apartments is not using all of their appliances, you have the ability to plug in a few extra appliances.

However, if everyone else has more than 10 appliances plugged in and running, you may only have enough power for your 10 appliances. During certain times of the day, obviously not everyone will be using all of their resources, giving you the ability to use more. This is, in essence, the same way the VPS solution works. You don't want to rely upon your 'burst' resources as if they are guaranteed, but they are generally there if you need them, like overdraft protection on your checking account.
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