Google has added a beta auto scaling feature to its Compute Engine, allowing developers to run major applications with relative ease.
The system is comparable to Amazon EC2, according to Google, and gives developers hands-on control of use in the wild and the ability to reconcile need against cost.
Compute Engine Autoscaling is pitched at firms with applications that can have sudden surges in traffic or demand, but which do not have the internal resources, or constant services, to ensure smooth running.
"Autoscaling allows customers to build more cost-effective and resilient applications [ensuring] that exactly the right number of Compute Engine instances are available at any given time to handle your application's workload," said the firm.
"This saves you money when your application's use is low, and ensures your application is responsive when use is high."
The so-called Computer Engine Autoscaler will accurately measure the number of instances that an app requires and increase or decrease capacity on the fly. Google said that performance and use is measured across a range of metrics.
"This means that when the actual [use] of your service increases or decreases, Autoscaler will detect the change and adjust the number of running instances to match," the firm added.
"Autoscaler can respond to a number of different metrics such as CPU load, QPS on a HTTP Load Balancer and metrics defined using the Cloud Monitoring service."
Google software engineer Filip Balejko explained during a stage presentation that the system can automatically scale up to a million queries per second.
"Autoscaler not only chooses the right number of instances but adapts automatically based on how far the current state is from the desired target," he added.
"This means Autoscaler performs well even in unexpected scenarios such as sudden traffic spikes."
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