What is a scaling plan? - Amazon Auto Scaling
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What is a scaling plan?

Use a scaling plan to configure auto scaling for related or associated scalable resources in a matter of minutes. For example, you can use tags to group resources in categories such as production, testing, or development. Then, you can search for and set up scaling plans for scalable resources that belong to each category. Or, if your cloud infrastructure includes Amazon CloudFormation, you can define stack templates to use to create collections of resources. Then, create a scaling plan for the scalable resources that belong to each stack.

Supported resources

Amazon Auto Scaling supports the use of scaling plans for the following services and resources:

  • Amazon Aurora – Increase or decrease the number of Aurora read replicas that are provisioned for an Aurora DB cluster.

  • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling – Launch or terminate EC2 instances by increasing or decreasing the desired capacity of an Auto Scaling group.

  • Amazon Elastic Container Service – Increase or decrease the desired task count in Amazon ECS.

  • Amazon DynamoDB – Increase or decrease the provisioned read and write capacity of a DynamoDB table or a global secondary index.

  • Spot Fleet – Launch or terminate EC2 instances by increasing or decreasing the target capacity of a Spot Fleet.

Scaling plan features and benefits

Scaling plans provide the following features and benefits:

  • Resource discovery – Amazon Auto Scaling provides automatic resource discovery to help find resources in your application that can be scaled.

  • Dynamic scaling – Scaling plans use the Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and Application Auto Scaling services to adjust capacity of scalable resources to handle changes in traffic or workload. Dynamic scaling metrics can be standard utilization or throughput metrics, or custom metrics.

  • Built-in scaling recommendations – Amazon Auto Scaling provides scaling strategies with recommendations that you can use to optimize for performance, costs, or a balance between the two.

  • Predictive scaling – Scaling plans also support predictive scaling for Auto Scaling groups. This helps to scale your Amazon EC2 capacity faster when there are regularly occurring spikes.

Important

If you use scaling plans only for predictive scaling, we strongly recommend that you set predictive scaling policies directly on your Auto Scaling groups instead. This recently introduced option offers more features, such as using metrics aggregations to create new custom metrics or retain historical metric data across blue/green deployments. For more information, see Predictive scaling for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling in the Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling User Guide.

How to get started

Use the following resources to help you create and use a scaling plan:

Work with scaling plans

You can create, access, and manage your scaling plans using any of the following interfaces:

  • Amazon Web Services Management Console – Provides a web interface that you can use to access your scaling plans. If you've signed up for an Amazon Web Services account, you can access your scaling plans by signing into the Amazon Web Services Management Console, using the search box on the navigation bar to search for Amazon Auto Scaling, and then choosing Amazon Auto Scaling.

  • Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI) – Provides commands for a broad set of Amazon Web Services, and is supported on Windows, macOS, and Linux. To get started, see Amazon Command Line Interface User Guide. For more information, see autoscaling-plans in the Amazon CLI Command Reference.

  • Amazon Tools for Windows PowerShell – Provides commands for a broad set of Amazon products for those who script in the PowerShell environment. To get started, see the Amazon Tools for Windows PowerShell User Guide. For more information, see the Amazon Tools for PowerShell Cmdlet Reference.

  • Amazon SDKs – Provides language-specific API operations and takes care of many of the connection details, such as calculating signatures, handling request retries, and handling errors. For more information, see Amazon SDKs.

  • HTTPS API – Provides low-level API actions that you call using HTTPS requests. For more information, see the Amazon Auto Scaling API Reference.

  • Amazon CloudFormation – Supports creating scaling plans using CloudFormation templates. For more information, see the AWS::AutoScalingPlans::ScalingPlan reference in the Amazon CloudFormation User Guide.

Regional availability

The Amazon Auto Scaling API is available in several Amazon Web Services Regions and it provides an endpoint for each of these Regions. For a list of all the Regions and endpoints where the API is currently available, see Endpoints and ARNs for Amazon Web Services in China in the Getting Started with Amazon Web Services in China.

Pricing

All scaling plan features are enabled for your use. The features are provided at no additional charge beyond the service fees for CloudWatch and the other Amazon Web Services Cloud resources that you use.