The alarm service allows you to create alarms that monitor objects on your project and can inform other services or programs of any state changes that occur. Because you are able to define the trigger conditions of your alarms, you can customize how your system will react to certain events. The two most common uses for the alarm service are for autohealing and autoscaling, each of which are important for having a highly available and robust system.

By creating an alarm that is set up to monitor the health status of your objects, you are able to inform the orchestration engine of any unhealthy changes that may occur. Meaning that if any of the resources your alarm is monitoring where to experience difficulties, your system can react instantly with an automated process in place that will attempt to heal your resources as soon as the issue arises.

Autoscaling works in much the same way, but instead of creating an alarm that monitors the health of the resources, you create an alarm that monitors the CPU usage of individual compute nodes. When you create your alarms, you can specify the threshold values of what the CPU usage has to exceed before you want to inform the orchestration engine that it needs to scale your instances; whether it is scaling up or down.