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  • Question

  • Is it possible to autoscale load balanced Virtual machine Instances like AWS ?
    Friday, June 29, 2012 9:12 AM

Answers

  • Not directly. Virtual Machines need to be manually managed. You can set up multiple machines, but there's no autoscaling capabilities provided by the Windows Azure platform. You are responsible for making the determination when additional instances are needed and then spinning them up.

    However, there are third parties such as Rightscale and ScalExtreme that will provide some of this functionality for you.

    • Marked as answer by dhimanhalder Monday, July 2, 2012 6:00 AM
    Friday, June 29, 2012 1:15 PM

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  • Not directly. Virtual Machines need to be manually managed. You can set up multiple machines, but there's no autoscaling capabilities provided by the Windows Azure platform. You are responsible for making the determination when additional instances are needed and then spinning them up.

    However, there are third parties such as Rightscale and ScalExtreme that will provide some of this functionality for you.

    • Marked as answer by dhimanhalder Monday, July 2, 2012 6:00 AM
    Friday, June 29, 2012 1:15 PM
  • At the BUILD Day 2 Keynote Charles Lemanna talks about autoscale. (48 min in)

    First he talks about websites. Then He talks about about cloud services, and at the end he starts talking about virtual machines.

    He tells that we can do it for virtual machines also. But he do not show it. Maybe he ment he was hopping over to WorkerRoles and not Virtual Machines. (He also tells that machines will be turned off and you are only paying for them when they are running - it lead to the impression we will be able to do it for virtual machines).

    But maybe its only for cloud services.

    Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:45 AM
  • Hi,

    You can now scale Virtual Machines by CPU or Queue depth (Azure storage or Service bus). To do this, provision the maximum number of machines that you'll need and put them in an avilability set. You can then go to the SCALE tab, and set it up to autoscale. As your load goes down, machines will be stopped (saving you money), and as load goes up, machines will be turned on (so you can handle additional load). 

    See scottgu's blog post for more info.

    Thanks,
    --Stephen

    Friday, July 12, 2013 12:01 AM
  • No simply not possible, but you can use third party for your job done. Also be careful as it will take more load for third party in order to fit for compatibilities
    Monday, August 25, 2014 5:30 PM