With the rise of demand for cloud providers, many are working to deliver better services and advertise better capabilities than their competitors. Cloud computing has a few essential aspects that everyone should give extra attention to when choosing the best fit for themselves. Today, we will focus on the role of elasticity in cloud computing.
First of all, no matter the type of company or the size of the organization you run, cloud computing is still an essential tool. Especially nowadays, which has transitioned from a must-have to a need.
Secondly, the different capabilities of cloud computing categorize into:
- broad network access for all devices
- self-service with no human administration
- resource pooling
- measured service
- rapid elasticity.
You can check out the blogs by Blomp if you want to learn about each in a more detailed explanation. However, right now, we are about to get into the importance of rapid elasticity.
Let’s talk a bit about cloud computing before moving on to its capabilities so that we can all grasp the idea better. Cloud computing, which all-size organizations use, is online storage (found on the internet) instead of traditional hard drives. Cloud computing can help you store and protect an organization’s programs, data, servers, software, and applications. The use of cloud computing has started to increase, especially since it provides many benefits such as being:
Now that we have covered what cloud computing is and we know the capabilities it provides, let’s talk about why rapid elasticity is an aspect you should give extra attention to.
Rapid elasticity is the ability to provide scalable services i.e., elastic services.
For simpler terms, cloud storage having rapid elasticity means it has given its users the ability to request additional space in the cloud. As many do, you can simply bring a rubber band to mind. Stretching the rubber band is the same as scaling up. While scaling down is the same as holding it back normally. You do not have to worry about the payment. You only have to pay for the services that you use which help users save costs.
As I mentioned above, elasticity and scalability can be considered the same concept. Scalability is the ability to remove and add the capacity to and from an IT environment whenever needed.
There are two different types of scalabilities;
Horizontal and Vertical.
- Horizontal scalability is when you need to remove or add nodes or servers.
- Vertical scalability is when you need to remove or add an existing node or server to increase the capacity of an existing node or server.
When compared, horizontal scalability is considered the easiest to implement hence it is the most implemented.
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