AWS Auto Scaling Review

A well-documented, user-friendly interface with a simple setup for the automatic launching and configuring of servers

What is our primary use case?

I, currently, have a large customer with more than 30 servers, which we provide APIs to their customers for online gaming. Their customers are divided into three regions, namely, Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world.

If the three default servers required for each region reaches 50% capacity, new servers are automatically launched and the traffic is divided among them.

We follow continuous integration or continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices. When all servers are working correctly, we create new servers, configure them, delete the old servers, and the new servers are immediately deployed.

How has it helped my organization?

Initially, our clients were facing a lot of issues with their servers using another cloud platform. The main issue was that their server slowed down when they had more traffic.

Once we moved them to AWS and created the appropriate architecture, it solved the problem.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to select a minimum amount of active servers so that a new server automatically launches if one fails.

What needs improvement?

The only area of improvement is the speed at which servers are launched. When cleaning up to six servers at a time, it can take up to 15 to 20 minutes to launch new servers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for more than 2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and does not require much maintenance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable and still working perfectly.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service/technical support is quite responsive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used XO Communications, which was very complicated. Whereas AWS Auto Scaling is user-friendly and easy to understand.

Additionally, AWS is a very well-documented solution, which makes it even easier to use.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the solution was straightforward.

For large customers, the deployment of the solution takes around one month to complete on-site. For small customers, the deployment is faster and we have the option to do it telephonically.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is good. I have not had any customers that have complained about the price.

What other advice do I have?

Previously, when I did not know about Auto Scaling, I would manually configure servers and provide it to a customer, but the price was very high. Now, everything is configured automatically. Therefore, I would recommend AWS Auto Scaling.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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