I know Google Cloud (Google App Engine) can autoscale instances horizontally: you have 1 server with certain parameters, when it's overloaded autoscaler launches new server and balances load between them.

But I can't find any informations if Google Cloud provides vertical scaling. Ex. you have one server with 2 cores, 4GB RAM, it's overloaded so autoscaler gives you more resources (your server gets more RAM / more cores -> your server is 4 cores, 8gb RAM and it is not overloaded any more). Is this possible using Google Cloud?


Well, I recieved an answer from Sharif Sharaf - moderator on GCE Group on G+. Maybe it'll be helpful for someone as it was helpful for me:

(tl;dr: no, there is no vertical autoscaling builded in. It's possible. It's hard. Don't use it until you have idle IT dept.)

For App Engine you should check out the documentation for the Modules API which allows you to choose between manual, basic and automatic (horizontal) scaling and specify the instance class in your module .yaml file. See:


For Compute Engine you could consider using the load balancer in combination with an orchestration engine like Ansible to automate changes to the size of your instances. This would take a fair bit of work to set up initially though and horizontal scaling is by far the simpler solution. A description of the automation solution can be found here:


  • cloud.google.com/appengine/pricing#standard_instance_pricing says there are 9 types of machines available for standard environment, so I was wondering how does it know which machine to start, and once it starts one, does it ever change to a new one if there is more demand? The documentation didn't list much besides that about how it scales vertically. There's also this: cloud.google.com/appengine/docs/standard so I'm guessing what he means is that it starts an F1 instance all of the time if you don't list one. – JVE999 Mar 24 '20 at 20:56

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