4 common misconceptions about AWS auto-scaling

  • Do you think auto-scaling is easy? No, it is not. Maintaining the templates & scripts required for the auto-scaling process to work well takes a significant time investment.
  • It is a myth that elastic scaling is more common than fixed-size auto-scaling. Most useful aspects of auto-scaling focus on high-availability and redundancy instead of elastic load scaling.
  • A common misconception is that load-based auto-scaling is appropriate in every environment. Some cloud deployments will be better off without auto-scaling or on a limited basis.
  • There's a delicate balance between perfect base images and lengthy configurations that need to be run in an auto-scale event. This depends on how fast the instance needs to be spun up, how often auto-scaling events happen, the average life of an instance, etc.

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