One big reason why businesses find cloud computing attractive is its scalability. But Amazon Web Services (AWS) just brought scalability to a whole new level by launching a new feature called AWS Auto Scaling, which allows clients to adjust the scaling features of multiple AWS services via a single interface.
With cloud computing’s scalability, companies no longer need to unnecessarily spend on computing hardware that they rarely use. Cloud computing providers offer clients very flexible options; they can scale up hardware capacity in times of heavy demand as well as scale down on their computing resources allocation for times when computing demand is low.
Realizing this enormous advantage, companies usually use multiple AWS services to handle the different aspects of their operations and applications needs. Until now, adjusting the scaling of these different AWS services were done independently. However, with the new AWS Auto Scaling feature, keeping track and tweaking the scaling of their company’s different cloud computing services with AWS should now be a breeze, as explained in a post by AWS’ Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr.
“You no longer need to set up alarms and scaling actions for each resource and each service. Instead, you simply point AWS Auto Scaling at your application and select the services and resources of interest. Then you select the desired scaling option for each one, and AWS Auto Scaling will do the rest, helping you to discover the scalable resources and then creating a scaling plan that addresses the resources of interest.”
Of course, the end game for this auto-scaling feature is for companies to have greater control over their desired mix of availability versus cost which would ultimately determine the number of computing resources they would get from AWS.
As can be seen above, there are three settings on the new feature such as Optimize for availability, Balance availability and cost, Optimize cost and Custom.
The new feature is now live in the Asia Pacific, US East (Ohio), US East (Northern Virginia), EU and US West (Oregon) regions.[Featured Image via Amazon Web Services]