We will explore two ways to autoscale microservice hosted in AKS. You can either use Kubernetes Metrics Server or KEDA.
Kubernetes Metrics Server
To autoscale a microservice in AKS based on message rate, you can use Kubernetes Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) along with Kubernetes Metrics Server. Here is an example YAML file that demonstrates how to configure HPA for a microservice:
apiVersion: autoscaling/v2beta1 kind: HorizontalPodAutoscaler metadata: name: my-microservice-hpa namespace: my-namespace spec: scaleTargetRef: apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment name: my-microservice-deployment minReplicas: 2 maxReplicas: 10 metrics: - type: Object object: target: kind: Service name: my-microservice-service apiVersion: v1 metricName: message-rate targetValue: 100
In this example, the HPA is set to monitor the
message-rate metric for the
my-microservice-service service in the
my-namespace namespace. The HPA is set to scale the
my-microservice-deployment deployment between a minimum of 2 replicas and a maximum of 10 replicas. When the
message-rate metric exceeds 100, the HPA will scale up the number of replicas, and when the
message-rate falls below 100, the HPA will scale down the number of replicas.
You will also need to have a metric server running inside your AKS cluster, you can use following command to deploy it:
kubectl apply -f https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/
Kubernetes-based Event Driven Autoscaler (KEDA)
Another way to achieve autoscaling based on message rate in AKS is to use Kubernetes-based Event Driven Autoscaler (KEDA). KEDA is a Kubernetes operator that can be used to autoscale your containers based on event-driven metrics, such as message rate, queue depth, etc.
#Add the KEDA Helm repository helm repo add kedacore https://kedacore.github.io/charts #Update the Helm repository helm repo update #Install KEDA in the kube-system namespace: helm install keda kedacore/keda --namespace kube-system #Verify that the KEDA pods are running kubectl get pods -n kube-system
Here is an example YAML file that demonstrates how to configure KEDA for a microservice:
apiVersion: keda.sh/v1alpha1 kind: ScaledObject metadata: name: my-microservice-scaledobject namespace: my-namespace spec: scaleTargetRef: kind: Deployment name: my-microservice-deployment pollingInterval: 10 cooldownPeriod: 300 triggers: - type: azure-servicebus-queue metadata: queueName: my-queue connection: Endpoint=sb://my-namespace.servicebus.windows.net/;SharedAccessKeyName=RootManageSharedAccessKey;SharedAccessKey=my-secret-key scaleDown: threshold: 0 scaleUp: threshold: 10
In this example, KEDA is set to monitor the message rate of the
my-queue Azure Service Bus queue for the
my-microservice-deployment deployment in the
my-namespace namespace. The
pollingInterval is set to 10 seconds and the
cooldownPeriod is set to 300 seconds. When the message rate exceeds 10, KEDA will scale up the number of replicas of the deployment, and when the message rate falls below 0, KEDA will scale down the number of replicas.
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