Auto Scaling group is a collection of similar instances that are logically united. Consider a scenario where you need to deploy Spring-based application. The instance must have Java and Tomcat installed. There must be specific requirements related to the capacity of the instances as well.
In such a scenario, an Auto Scaling group will have all the instances that have Java and Tomcat installed, plus the application deployed in the Tomcat and running successfully to serve the purpose.
The following two operations are possible in an Auto Scaling group:
- Increase the number of instances to manage high volume of requests
- Decrease the number of instances to manage costs when the volume of requests is not that high