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How to Scale Server Size on Google Compute Engine via CloudwaysJune 22, 2017

 

In this KB

  • Scaling the size of your server (CPU and Memory)
  • Increasing Application and Database disk sizes

 

Like AWS, Google Compute Engine (GCE) allows separate scaling of the server (CPU, memory) and of disks. You can scale your server resources in a few easy steps.

Step 1: View Current Configuration of the Server

Log into the Cloudways Platform with your credentials. Click on Servers in the top menu bar.  From there, you can check the current server size (memory) and disk sizes (Application, Database) of your GCE server.

GCE scaling config

Step 2: Scaling Server Size

You can scale up and even scale down the size (CPU and memory) of your server.

The following steps detail how you can do so:

  1. Click on the Vertical Scaling section under the Server Management area.
  2. Now, select the Server Size tab.
  3. Choose the new server size (mouse over each size for a description).
  4. Click on the Scale Now button to start the scaling process.

Note: The applications in the server will be DOWN while the scaling process takes place. The time that the scaling process will take, will vary between providers.

GCE scaling

Wait for the scaling process to complete.

GCE scaling progress

Now the server size is increased to n1-std-1 as seen below.

GCE server upscaled

Step 3: Increasing Disk Size

When you want to have more server’s storage to cater your resource need, you can increase the size of your server’s disk. You can control both the application and database disk sizes.

Storage scaling is an independent process and different than CPU and RAM scaling. Means that once the disk size is increased, it can not be rollback. You will have to use server clone feature to downscale your disk storage.

  1. Click on the Vertical Scaling section under the Server Management area.
  2. Select the Disk Size for Application tab.
  3. Increase your disk according to your requirements.
  4. Click on the Scale Now button to start the disk scaling.

Note: The applications in the server will be DOWN while the disk scaling process takes place. The time that the scaling process will take will vary depending on the size of your data.

gce application scaling

Wait for the disk scaling process to complete.

gce scaling volume progress

New disk size for application is now 20 GB as seen below.

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The same process can be done for database disk size (if allowed by infrastructure provider):

  1. Click on the Vertical Scaling section under the Server Management area.
  2. Select the Disk Size for Database tab.
  3. Increase your disk according to your requirements.
  4. Click on the Scale Now button to start the disk scaling.

GCE database scaling

Wait for the disk scaling process to complete.

GCE database scaling progress

New disk size for the database is now 20 GB as seen below.

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That’s it! You have learned how to vertically scale your server as well as application and database disk.

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