Kapoor draws parallels with what he says is happening within cloud computing and what he calls "the API economy". In particular, he asks "how do we control this increasingly out-of-control, interlinked world? His Answer? “online surge-protectors to stop run-ups and panics”
His comments of a cloud surge protect really struck a chord with me. If you think of a load balancer as an analogy for a traditional electrical surge protector, you really start to see the opportunity for cloud bursting within a modern data center used in much the same way you'd use a backup power supply or even a circuit breaker.
So here is my take on a cloud surge protector definition using the Wikipedia description of a traditional surge protector as my base.
A cloud surge protector (or cloud surge suppressor) is an appliance designed to protect computing infrastructure from sudden spikes in network & application demand. A cloud surge protector attempts to regulate the compute capacity supplied to an infrastructure by either blocking or by automatically redirecting requests to a third party cloud provider.