This summer we previewed AutoScale and Alerting support in Windows Azure from MetricsHub. With this built-in support, you can automatically scale and alert on Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services and Virtual Machines. Read more about the new features on ScottGu’s Blog.

Now, we are introducing even more AutoScale features in Windows Azure – including the ability to proactively adjust your Cloud Service instance count using time scheduled rules. With scheduled rules you can define two different recurring schedules: Day and Night, and apply any autoscale settings inside these times. Previously, you could only have one set of scale settings that would have to work the same for all times.

In addition, although autoscale is highly reliable, we will contact you if the service does fail to scale. If there is a failure to autoscale for more than 2 hours, an email will be sent to the Service Admin and Co-Admins of the subscription.

With all of these great features being added to Windows Azure, it is time to start moving off the legacy MetricsHub portal (accessed via MetricsHub.com or the Active Cloud Monitoring add-on). There will be no additional features added to the MetricsHub portal, and it will no longer be accessible in 90 days, on November 21st.

This means you will need to transition your auto scaling and alert rules to the Windows Azure portal over the next three months.

If you have Active Scale On: For each Cloud Service that you have enabled Active Scale for (you can see the list of Cloud Services with Active Scale on here) first turn off Active Scale. Then, you can move your auto scaling rules to the Windows Azure portal, by setting the same Instance Range and Target CPU for each role.

To get help with using these new Azure Features, we have created a new forum on MSDN for discussion around auto scaling and alert topics in Windows Azure: Monitor, Alert and Auto scale.

Now is the perfect time to use the new Autoscaling and Alerting features in Azure. After November 21, 2013, you will not be able to log in to MetricsHub.

As always, if you have any questions about how this impacts you, please reach out to us at ask@metricshub.com.

Thank you,

- The MetricsHub Team