Microsoft Azure Autoscaling
Scalability is the property of a system to handle a growing amount of work by adding resources to the system as needed. Autoscaling is the process of dynamically allocating resources to match performance requirements. As the work volume increases, applications may need additional resources in order to keep performing at the necessary performance levels and satisfy SLAs. As the demand for resources lessens and the additional resources are no longer needed, they can be removed to minimize costs. Users chose Microsoft Azure to take advantage of its’ elasticity, and by using autoscaling they can also ease the overheard management costs.
When autoscaling is turned on, it reduces the need for an operator to continually monitor the performance of a system and make decisions about adding or removing resources. Applications can skill either vertical or horizontal. Vertical scaling is scaling up and down, means changing the capacity of a resource. Horizontal scaling is scaling out and in, means adding or removing instances of a resource. Microsoft Azure supports automatic horizontal scaling.
Microsoft Azure provides built-in autoscaling mechanisms that address common scenarios. If a particular service or technology does not have built-in autoscaling functionality, or if you have specific autoscaling requirements beyond its capabilities, you might consider a custom implementation. A custom implementation would collect operational and system metrics, analyze the metrics, and then scale resources accordingly.
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