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Elasticity is the automated ability of a cloud to transparently scale IT resources, as required in response to runtime conditions or as pre-determined by the cloud consumer or cloud provider. Elasticity is often considered a core justification for the adoption of cloud computing, primarily due to the fact that it is closely associated with the Reduced Investment and Proportional Costs benefit. Cloud providers with vast IT resources can offer the greatest range of elasticity.