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Auto Scaling Groups (ASGs) and Managed Instance Groups (MIGs)

Auto Scaling Groups (ASGs) and Managed Instance Groups (MIGs) are mechanisms provided by cloud service providers to automatically manage the scaling of virtual machines based on predefined criteria, ensuring that applications maintain optimal performance and availability. ASGs are associated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), while MIGs are related to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Auto Scaling Groups (ASGs) in AWS

Description: ASGs in AWS allow you to automatically scale the number of Amazon EC2 instances based on demand. They help ensure that you have the right number of EC2 instances available to handle the load for your application.

Key Concepts:



  1. Create a Launch Configuration/Template:

    aws autoscaling create-launch-configuration --launch-configuration-name my-launch-config --image-id ami-12345678 --instance-type t2.micro
  2. Create an Auto Scaling Group:

    aws autoscaling create-auto-scaling-group --auto-scaling-group-name my-asg --launch-configuration-name my-launch-config --min-size 1 --max-size 10 --desired-capacity 2 --vpc-zone-identifier subnet-abcde1234
  3. Define a Scaling Policy:

    aws autoscaling put-scaling-policy --auto-scaling-group-name my-asg --policy-name scale-out --scaling-adjustment 1 --adjustment-type ChangeInCapacity

Managed Instance Groups (MIGs) in GCP

Description: MIGs in GCP allow you to manage groups of homogeneous instances, making it easy to apply load balancing, autoscaling, and updates to a set of instances.

Key Concepts:



  1. Create an Instance Template:

    gcloud compute instance-templates create my-template --machine-type n1-standard-1 --image-family debian-9 --image-project debian-cloud
  2. Create a Managed Instance Group:

    gcloud compute instance-groups managed create my-mig --base-instance-name my-instance --size 2 --template my-template --zones us-central1-a,us-central1-b
  3. Set Autoscaling Policy:

    gcloud compute instance-groups managed set-autoscaling my-mig --max-num-replicas 10 --target-cpu-utilization 0.75 --cool-down-period 90

Comparison Summary

FeatureAuto Scaling Groups (ASGs) in AWSManaged Instance Groups (MIGs) in GCP
ConfigurationLaunch Configuration/TemplateInstance Template
Scaling PoliciesMetrics-based (e.g., CPU, RAM) and Scheduled ScalingMetrics-based (e.g., CPU, custom metrics)
Health ChecksEC2 status checks, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) health checksHealth checks configured within MIG
Fault ToleranceDistributes instances across Availability Zones (AZs)Distributes instances across Zones
IntegrationIntegrated with AWS services like ELB, CloudWatch, SNSIntegrated with GCP services like Load Balancer, Stackdriver
Dynamic ManagementAdjusts instance count based on policiesAdjusts instance count and performs rolling updates
Published on: Jul 08, 2024, 04:05 AM  


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