When evaluating Google Cloud management software, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start – or where to stop. In addition to Google´s own Deployment Manager and BigQuery analytics service, there are many different types of software for managing Google Compute Engine (GCE) depending on the manner of task you want the platform to perform.
Rarely does any of the software for managing GCE deal with the issue of reducing GCE costs. Although GCE has a favorable pricing structure compared to other IaaS vendors, and does well in price-for-performance comparisons, the cost of deploying instances on Google´s cloud compute platform can still drain a project´s budget.
Solutions for Reducing GCE Costs
Several solutions exist for reducing GCE costs. Assuming the optimal pricing structure has been chosen for each instance, businesses can reduce GCE costs further by switching off non-production instances when they are not required – either by reallocating resources to develop scheduling scripts, or by instructing developers to log into the Google Cloud console to switch them off manually.
Neither method is fully effective. The reallocation of internal resources to develop scripts can cost more than the savings delivered by scheduling scripts, and relying on a manual on/off process is subject to human forgetfulness – which is probably not the best way of reducing GCE costs. For these reasons, many business implement Google Cloud management software to reduce costs.
How Google Cloud Management Software Reduces Costs
Those interested in reducing GCE costs should look into software for managing GCE, which works by scheduling on/off times for non-production instances. In many businesses, instances used for developing, testing and staging are only required for up to 40 hours per week. For the remaining 128 hours or more per week these instances are idle – but businesses are still paying Google for the unutilized compute power.
The software for managing GCE automates the manual on/off process – thus eliminating the need for businesses to dedicate internal resources to developing scheduling scripts, or for developers to remember to switch off non-production instances at the end of each day. It also provides a single dashboard view of all a business´s instances to assist with deployment, account manageability and governance.
How to Use ParkMyCloud´s Software for Managing GCE
In order to use ParkMyCloud´s software for managing GCE, administrators simply log into their Google Cloud Console via the software´s SaaS app. The Google Cloud management software discovers all the business´s instances and makes recommendations about which are suitable for scheduling (or “parking” as we refer to it) based on the names and tags assigned to each instance.
Administrators accept or adjust the recommendations and, once the final selection has been confirmed, a grid is displayed indicating days of the week and times of the day. The days and hours when the non-production instances will be idle should be selected and confirmed. The UI then displays the projected savings, once the schedule takes effect, the projected savings become actual savings.
The Benefits of ParkMyCloud´s Google Cloud Management Software
The financial benefits of ParkMyCloud can be significant. A business parking their non-production instances during weekends and for 12 hours a day on weekdays would be reducing GCE costs by 64%. Greater savings can be made by applying an “always off schedule” and snoozing the schedule when the non-production instances are required.
Other benefits of ParkMyCloud include the ability to create team and role structures so that team members can set schedules for their own non-production instances, and enhanced security. While non-production instances are parked, they are inaccessible – eliminating the need for the instances to be monitored by network security teams or scanned for viruses.
Try Reducing GCE Costs for Free
If your business deploys instances on Google´s Compute Engine, you are invited to try reducing GCE costs with ParkMyCloud for free. Our offer consists of a thirty-day trial of our Google Cloud management software so that you can experience the benefits of our software for managing GCE in your own environment.
In order to taking advantage of our invitation, simply register for an account using your work email address. There are no contracts to sign, no credit cards required and no commitment to continue using ParkMyCloud once the free trial is over. Best of all, however much money your business saves by using our software for managing GCE is yours to keep.
Alternatively you are welcome to contact us with any questions you have about Google Cloud management software or about ParkMyCloud. Our team of experienced Customer Service Representatives will be happy to walk you through the registration process and explain the features of ParkMyCloud´s software for reducing GCE costs.