Definition

IT elasticity

IT elasticity is the ability of an IT infrastructure to adapt seamlessly to change without hindering or jeopardizing the infrastructure's stability, performance, security, governance or compliance protocols. 

In this sense, elasticity is a synonym for adaptability. Attributes of IT elasticity can include an IT department's ability to rapidly adopt new services, improve operations or integrate with new products and vendors.

Cloud elasticity is an oft-cited form of this concept, as cloud computing allows IT departments to expand or reduce infrastructure resources on an on-demand basis.

See also: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), elastic load balancing, capacity on demand

Contributor(s): Bianca Rawson
This was last updated in September 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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