DevOps Cost Control with Jenkins

Jenkins is a versatile automation server, but when businesses use Jenkins to build, deploy and automate projects in the cloud, DevOps cost control with Jenkins can become an issue. DevOps are typically more concerned with speed of delivery, integrations and finding the optimal automations than with cost control, and are likely to enthusiastically deploy resources in the cloud in order to meet their objectives.

However, our research indicates that nearly a quarter of the money spent on public cloud IaaS services in 2016 was wasted (about $6 billion). The “cloud waste” can often be attributed to non-production instances and VMs left running when access to them is not required. Even when instances are assigned to the lowest possible pricing plan, they still cost more money to run than if they were switched off.

ParkMyCloud helps businesses reduce their cloud waste by allowing teams to schedule start-stop times for non-production instances – such as those used for development, testing and staging. By switching off (or “parking”) development, testing and staging instances for twelve hours a day and at weekends, businesses can save up to 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances in the cloud.

DevOps Cost Control with Jenkins on AWS

One of the best ways to resolve the issue of DevOps cost control with Jenkins on AWS is to integrate it with ParkMyCloud. With this integration, system administrators can conduct a discovery of the business´s instances deployed on AWS, identify unused or underused resources that can be terminated or reassigned, and assign parking schedules to the instances that do not need to be left running 24/7.

DevOps will still be able to build, deploy and automate their projects through the Jenkins platform. However, once the DevOps have finished for the day, the no-longer-required instances used for developing, testing and staging will automatically shut down depending on the parking schedules assigned to them – reducing the cost of deploying non-production instances on AWS by  up to 65%.

If DevOps need access to a parked instance after it has been parked, it is possible to “snooze” the parking schedule with the click of a mouse. This can also be done via the Jenkins platform, and safeguards exist in ParkMyCloud´s software to ensure parking schedules are resumed after a period of inactivity – just in case DevOps forget to re-apply the parking schedules.

DevOps Cost Control with Jenkins on Azure

One of the key benefits of using ParkMyCloud for DevOps cost control with Jenkins on Azure is the high level of governance a business gets over its cloud accounts. ParkMyCloud´s integration with Jenkins results in system administrators having total visibility over the resources deployed in the cloud, and which teams, credentials or users they are assigned to.

The high level of governance leads to improved accountability – especially as ParkMyCloud´s advanced reporting features and audit logs can be used to maximize savings on non-production VMs deployed on Azure. The improved accountability leads to more accurate planning, forecasting and budgeting for future projects, and less cloud waste.

All of the DevOps cost control with Jenkins on Azure is done through the Jenkins platform. There is no need to fire up ParkMyCloud independently in order to access its GUI, or log into the Azure management portal. The process is simple, easy-to-manage and efficient. Everything is done with a few clicks of a mouse, and it can reduce cloud costs on Azure significantly.

Try DevOps Cost Control with Jenkins on Google Cloud for Free

Whether you deploy instances on Google Cloud, AWS or MS Azure – or all three – we invite you to take a free trial of ParkMyCloud. The free trial will enable you to witness how easy it is to integrate ParkMyCloud with Jenkins in order to take advantage of its cost-saving features and manage DevOps cost control with Jenkins on Google Cloud (or AWS, or MS Azure).

Even if you use all three IaaS services, ParkMyCloud supports multi-cloud accounts (plus RDS database parking on AWS) and can be configured to support Single Sign-On using SAML 2.0 protocols. There is no limit to the number of instances or VMs you can park, and the trial version of our software supports up to five credentials, ten teams and twenty users.

To start your free trial, click any “Try it Free” button. If you have any questions prior to starting your trial, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our Customer Support Team will be happy to explain more about ParkMyCloud, our free trial offer and what your options are at the end of the trial – including our free pricing tier. To find out more, contact us today.

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