Sometimes you need a little more power from your IT solutions, and the cloud is no exception. When you adopt a cloud solution or integrate a public cloud deployment, your organization is given a specific amount of resources. While these resources might be fine for your initial cloud usage, there will inevitably come a time where you need more resources to effectively operate a cloud solution. Thankfully, most cloud solutions are scalable, and users can take advantage of resource scaling to add that extra power.
Cloud scaling is a fundamental aspect of cloud computing that helps organizations easily adjust their resources to meet evolving cloud demands. For businesses that operate technologies powered by the cloud, resource scaling allows them to expand their business capabilities. Read on to discover why cloud scaling can increase the power of your enterprise’s cloud solutions – and when you should use it.
How cloud scaling works
Cloud scaling simply refers to the ability of a cloud solution to scale up or down in size. Cloud providers deliver resources to users based on their current needs. Users request a specific amount of resources and the vendor provides them. If a user needs to extend their resources beyond what they’re currently using, they can solicit additional resources from the vendor.
Scaling cloud resources up and down
One of the most important aspects of scaling cloud resources is that users can request their resources to be scaled both up and down. IT teams will often need more resources to accommodate for their expanding business requirements and user demand. However, if they’re using too many resources, their cloud costs won’t be optimized. IT teams want to find the right balance between powerful cloud solutions and eliminating unnecessary spending.
Why is cloud scalability helpful?
Cloud resource scalability might seem like a minor detail, and depending on how much you rely on the cloud, it can be. However, businesses that use the cloud heavily will definitely benefit from cloud scaling. Some of the advantages cloud scaling brings include:
Cloud resources aren’t necessarily expensive, but if you haven’t optimized your resource usage, you might be paying too much for resources you don’t need. Public cloud deployments operate on a pay-as-you-use pricing model. Rather than delivering a fixed amount of resources for a set price, the pay-as-you-use model only charges users for the resources they use. Therefore, you don’t need to scale up or down beyond what is absolutely necessary for your business.
Maintaining availability during peak operations
Cloud vendors are flexible when it comes to resource delivery; most will allow you to scale resources up or down at any time. This means that your business can easily request more resources during peak operations. For example, you might run a website powered by the cloud and want to increase your resources to handle busy seasons. With cloud scaling, your business can gain access to the resources they need to stay operational even when more stress is put on your technology.
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