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What does cloud scalability mean? Here's everything you need to know about the different types of cloud scalability and their benefits.
One of the major benefits of choosing the cloud over on-premise architecture is the ability to easily and quickly scale — but what does scalability mean in cloud computing?
If your business is in the process of growing, it’s important to know your technology options so you can make informed decisions on how to scale. In this article, we cover scalability in cloud computing and its benefits.
Cloud scalability in cloud computing is the ability to scale up or scale down cloud resources as needed to meet demand. This is one of the main benefits of using the cloud — and it allows companies to better manage resources and costs.
Organizations don’t have to spend weeks or months overhauling their infrastructure as they would with on-premise solutions. Instead, third-party cloud providers (such as AWS) already have the infrastructure in place, and organizations can easily add nodes and servers as needed to achieve their specific goals.
Once the demand for additional requirements is gone, organizations can revert back to their original configuration.
A similar concept to cloud scalability is cloud elasticity, which is the system’s ability to expand and contract based on workload demands. While the two concepts sound like the same thing, the key difference between cloud scalability and cloud elasticity is time.
Cloud elasticity is required for short-term bursts, such as a spike in website traffic as a result of a sales promotion. Cloud scalability, on the other hand, is for long-term growth that is strategically planned.
To understand how cloud scalability works, it’s important to understand the three different types of scalable cloud architecture:
When it comes to the different types of scaling, there is no “best” choice — it depends on the current and future needs of the business. But it is important to scale strategically, with future increases and decreases in demand top of mind.
Why choose cloud computing for your business? Organizations of all sizes should consider these benefits of cloud scalability:
Regardless of whether your organization is scaling vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, it’s important to be aware of what those changes cost and how they are adding value to your business.
With a cloud cost intelligence platform like CloudZero, you can get context around your cloud computing costs for each business unit as you scale. Want to see how it works? .
This blog post was written and reviewed by the CloudZero team. Combined, our team has more than a quarter century of experience in the cloud cost space. Every blog post is extensively researched and reviewed by several members of our team for accuracy and readability.
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