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Autoscaling for Google Compute Engine — in beta form — is now available to anyone who wants to kick the tires, according to the Google Cloud Blog.
In Google Speak, “beta” means that the Google Compute Engine Autoscaler, which will automatically provision additional cloud resources to an application as needed, can be used by everyone. The earlier “alpha” version was restricted to select users and has been been available since around September. Google App Engine, the company’s Platform-as-a-Service, has offered autoscaling for some time.
Public cloud rival [company]Amazon[/company] announced EC2 autoscaling for Amazon Web Services in 2009.
According to the [company]Google[/company] post:
Autoscaler not only chooses the right number of instances but also adapts automatically based on how far the current state is from the desired target. This means Autoscaler performs well even in unexpected scenarios such as sudden traffic spikes
Google demonstrated Autoscaler at its Google Cloud Platform Live event in early November (see video below.)
This just proves that with AWS Re:Invent in the rear-view mirror, the wave of (sometimes repetitive) feature-and-function releases from the big public cloud players will continue.