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Supporting Programmable Autoscaling Rules for Containers and Virtual Machines on Clouds

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With the increasing utilization of cloud computing and container technologies, orchestration is becoming an important area on both cloud and container levels. Beyond resource allocation, deployment and configuration, scaling is a key functionality in orchestration in terms of policy, description and flexibility. This paper presents an approach where the aim is to provide a high degree of flexibility in terms of available monitoring metrics and in terms of the definition of elasticity rules to implement practically any possible business logic for a given application. The aim is to provide a general interface for supporting programmable scaling policies utilizing monitoring metrics originating from infrastructure, application or any external components. The paper introduces a component, called Policy Keeper performing the auto-scaling based on user-defined rules, details how this component is operating in the auto-scaling framework, called MiCADO and demonstrates a deadline-based scaling use case.