Anyone who has used Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances is familiar with their various instance “states”: running (on), stopped (shut down), rebooted (restarted) and terminated (destroyed).
We created ParkMyCloud to do one simple thing very easily: enable AWS EC2 users to reduce their spending by automatically scheduling on and off times for instances when they are not being used. We call it “parking.”
We didn’t realize – until a tech industry analyst mentioned it – that we had essentially created a new state that sits between started and stopped: “parked.” He’s right. While AWS allows you to start, stop, reboot or terminate instances, it doesn’t enable you to temporarily stop – or “pause” – an instance. And because AWS EC2 instances are billed hourly and “always on,” you’re always paying for them – even if you’re not using them. Parking idle instances will help customers reduce their AWS bills by more than 20%.
So while we did not set out to invent this new state, we’ll certainly take credit for it.