Scalability IS NOT Elasticity

In my last post about the cloud, I had left out a question discussing about scalability and elasticity. During my discussions and reading about cloud and learning more about it, I was always confused about the words “Scalability” and “Elasticity” in context of cloud. Most of the times, I had found these are being used interchangeably.

But what we need to understand is that Scalability‎ IS NOT Elasticity. Now what do you mean by that? Let’s start by examining what are the meanings of these words.

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What the hell is cloud?

This was the question pointed right at me, while at a party, when I told a bunch of guys that I work on SharePoint solutions on cloud. It was an awkward situation to be in and somehow an image installation by Berndnaut flashed in front of my eyes.

A cloud in your room

An artist, Berndnaut Smilde, created cloud inside a room. Berndnaut Smilde creates clouds using a smoke machine, combined with indoor moisture and dramatic lighting to create an indoor cloud effect. This print is called Nimbus II, 2012 cloud in room.

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