ParkMyCloud recently launched a new chatbot for Slack that means businesses can now use our scheduling software for DevOps cost control with Slack without having to access the GUI. The chatbot for Slack can be set up to interact with a ParkMyCloud account to assign parking schedules, temporarily snooze parking schedules, or toggle instances and VMs to switch on or off as required.
The development of our new chatbot enables system administrators to manage DevOps cost control with Slack and still maintain total visibility of the business´s cloud accounts. Due to having total visibility, system administrators can monitor cost control initiatives from their usual Slack chat channels to reduce cloud waste and increase accountability through better communication.
DevOps Cost Control with Slack on AWS
The process for managing DevOps cost control with Slack on AWS is exactly the same as before. System administrators create a permissions-limited role for the ParkMyCloud app, and allow it to conduct a discovery of the business´s instances deployed on AWS. Once the discovery is completed, system administrators are prompted to select which instances they would like to apply parking schedules to.
The selection of which instances to park is made easier by the app making recommendations based on the instances´ names and tags. System administrators can choose to apply one or more of the preconfigured schedules to the instances, after which ParkMyCloud displays the projected saving for each schedule over the next thirty days.
DevOps Cost Control with Slack on Azure
The same process works just as well on the Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud platforms. Using ParkMyCloud for DevOps cost control with Slack on Azure means that messages can be posted for things like schedule changes and instances being turned off automatically. It can also be used to request authorization to snooze parking schedules when access to a parked VM is required.
This last scenario may happen quite often. Many businesses are discovering the best way to maximize savings on Azure with ParkMyCloud is to permanently park infrequently-used VMs (i.e. schedule them to be switched off at all times), and then interrupt the parking schedule when the VMs are needed. This is particularly handy for batch workloads started when DevOps leave the office.
DevOps Cost Control with Slack on Google Cloud
Whatever cloud platform businesses use, they still enjoy a high level of governance over their cloud deployment with ParkMyCloud. For example, when using ParkMyCloud for DevOps cost control with Slack on Google Cloud, system administrators can still see the cloud costs for each project and query anomalies with development teams via a dedicated team chat channel.
System administrators can also use ParkMyCloud to identify underused instances and reassign their workloads to a less expensive type. By automating start-stop times, ParkMyCloud directly saves businesses approximately 65% of the cost of deploying non-production instances on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, but the increased accountability and indirect savings could be worth a lot more.
Try DevOps Cost Control with Slack and ParkMyCloud for Free
If your business uses Slack as one of its communication channels, and you would like to see the ease with which you can schedule start-stop times for non-production instances, take a free trial of ParkMyCloud by clicking the “Try it Free” button at the top of this page and then following the chatbot installation instructions on our Github page.
You will need to speak with our Customer Services team in order to get the API token, and this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about ParkMyCloud´s scheduling software. You are also invited to discuss any ideas you have about our chatbot with our developers. If you would like to know more about ParkMyCloud before starting your free trial, do not hesitate to contact us.