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Can I define an auto-scaling Heat template that does the scaling at specific times of day?

asked 2014-09-12 13:41:09 -0500

vahidh gravatar image

updated 2014-09-12 14:25:37 -0500

Hi there,

This question is based on the auto-scaling template at In this template when CPU utilization reaches certain thresholds scaling up/down happens. What I want, however, is for scaling up and down to happen at certain times of the day. For example, I want my web server group to scale up at 8:00 am and down at 6:00 pm during weekdays.

Can I achieve this with a Heat template like this?



P.S. Amazon supports this time-based auto-scaling: (

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answered 2014-09-12 15:28:53 -0500

pas-ha gravatar image

I think it is pretty possible - see ( as a starting point.

What you need to do is setup the cron job inside your vm that will post to the webhook URLs of appropriate SaclingPolicy. But that might multiply VMs (as every new VM will post to the same hook so the scaling might be multiplied, either up or down, so set your limits accordingly). Thus may be it would be better to set up the autoscaling group and one separate "controller" instance that will post to the scaling webhooks based on the cron job.

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Thanks a lot pas-ha. I'm going to try this out and let you know about the outcome.

vahidh gravatar imagevahidh ( 2014-09-12 16:43:29 -0500 )edit

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