Formerly Wasteful Bob asks, “Why are AWS tools

Formerly Wasteful Bob asks, “Why are AWS tools good at flexibility OR cost-efficiency, but rarely both?”

AWS tools don't have to be complicated.Formerly Wasteful Bob learned recently of a new AWS pricing scheme called Scheduled Reserved Instances.

The word “scheduled” intrigued Bob, as his new favorite cloud management app, ParkMyCloud, lets him set up a calendar to turn instances on and off. He clicked on the official AWS blog post and saw that Scheduled Reserved Instances (SRIs) “allow you to reserve capacity on a recurring basis with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule over the course of a one-year term.”

Now, in Bob’s experience, management tools tended to deliver either cost-efficiency or control, but not both. So as soon as he saw the words, “one-year term,” he immediately bucketed SRIs on the less flexible side of the cost vs. flexibility spectrum. Even if the savings with SRIs was unbelievably compelling, Bob knew there were very few times in his career when he knew what he was going to need in three months much less 12. Additionally, SRIs seemed somewhat complicated and time consuming to manage, especially compared to ParkMyCloud.

As always, Bob checked his initial assessment with a Google search. He felt extremely validated by these two articles in particular:

Bob found himself nodding his head particularly vigorously when he read this quote from one of his peers, a Director of Automation and DevOps for a managed hosting company, about the overall complexity of AWS pricing and management features:

“I love the flexibility, but the added complexity makes it hard for an AWS newcomer to really know how to optimize their spend without seeking outside help.”

“I guess it’s really hard to make stuff easy,” Bob pondered. At that moment, Bob’s ParkMyCloud dashboard notified him that seven QA instances woke up right on schedule. “Or maybe,” he thought, “you just need to be really motivated and clever to make stuff easy.”


About Jay Chapel

Jay Chapel is the CEO and co-founder of ParkMyCloud. After spending several years in the cloud management space, Jay saw that there was no simple solution to the problem of wasted cloud spend – which led him to start ParkMyCloud in 2015. Before that, he spent 10+ years with Micromuse and IBM Tivoli, a provider of business infrastructure management software. After an acquisition by IBM, he led the successful sales integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business in Europe. He also held several regional and worldwide sales roles in Switzerland, the UK and the US. Jay earned both a BA in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia. Those few hours a month that Jay’s not busy with ParkMyCloud’s growth and success, you can find him on the ski slopes, on the soccer field, or on the golf course often accompanied by his three kids.

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