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Does DO have plan to implement the auto-scaling like what AWS have?

I’m an AWS user and I find their auto-scaling of instances very easy. I also have applications here in DO. Does DO also plan to have this technology at a price? I know it will be beneficial if this will be implemented with ease of use without the need for users to do scripting.


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I believe you can pull this off with Terraform using lifecycle rules for your droplets. See https://www.terraform.io/docs/configuration/resources.html#lifecycle-lifecycle-customizations, specifically create_before_destroy. It may require a bit of work on your end but it’s doable.

Greetings!

Thank you for taking the time to ask this question here. This is not currently on our roadmap, but that is not a guarantee that it will not be in the future. With that said, we have a bit of a different vision for achieving this on our platform. I will explain.

Vertical scaling can be problematic, and it tends to have a lower ceiling than horizontal scaling. Two $5 servers can outperform one $10 server, under certain circumstances. Rather than raising the ceiling every time you brush against it, we recommend that you implement horizontal scaling. This provides the least interruption for your content, and helps you to save on cost when you don’t need that extra power. We put together a tutorial for it a while back, I think you might find it interesting:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-automate-the-scaling-of-your-web-application-on-digitalocean-1604

Jarland