Easily Configurable as a Reporting and Alerting Engine
Use the autoscale extension as a reporting system to send out scheduled reports, or as an alerting system to send alerts when a parameter is approaching breach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are both types of scaling supported?
The apiculus® Autoscale Pack supports automatic scale-out and scale-in (horizontal). We do not support automated scale-up and scale-down (vertical) currently, but we’re working on a one-size-fits-all solution that covers the most popular operating systems and hypervisors for carrying out a vertical autoscale.
Can application stacks be replicated?
No. Autoscale only automates instance cloning and replication in terms of ‘outside’ configurations, namely, the template to apply and the load balancers to add to. For any advanced app/stack deployments, it is standard practice to use an automation tool in conjunction with the apiculus® Autoscale Pack.
How does Autoscale billing work?
Billing for the apiculus® Autoscale Pack works at two levels. Your customers will pay for the resources they use and will be billed as per actuals. Additionally, you may also want to charge your customers an optional autoscale service subscription fee.
How are underlying resources handled?
Any instance spun up as part of an autoscale group will be billed on hourly usage. In terms of instance management, the apiculus® Autoscale Pack follows a LIFO pattern, which means the last instance to be cloned on scale-out will be the first one to get deleted on scale-in.
Does Autoscale work on a flat network?
Since flat (or elastic) networks are put behind load balancers that are not under the users’ control, the apiculus® Autoscale Pack, therefore, supports only tiered VPC networks.
How is this different from Cloudstack’s?
The apiculus® Autoscale Pack works without the need to configure additional devices or components. It also lets users define autoscale groups in a very intuitive manner. Lastly, the apiculus® Autoscale Pack is designed to work in a multicloud setup.