Google Cloud Platform automation is the stage many companies reach after identifying the financial benefits of Google´s hosting services, and then enthusiastically deploying instances on the platform – believing that the more instances they deploy, the more money they save.
In one respect this is true. Using Google´s hosting services is more cost-efficient for many companies than building and maintaining their own infrastructure. However, as more instances are deployed, costs escalate and companies look at ways to optimize their cloud computing resources. The best way to achieve optimization is with Google Cloud Platform automation.
Reducing Cloud Computing Costs is Not Optimizing
Most companies typically deploy a mixture of production instances and non-production instances. Access to non-production instances – for example instances used for development, staging and testing – is usually only required during the working day, say from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
For the other 70% of the week, companies are paying for compute power on their non-production instances that they are not actually using. When companies realize how much money they are wasting, they may instruct developers to switch off their development, staging and testing instances when they are not required or reassign them from core projects to write scheduling scripts.
Neither “solution” will achieve optimization. Developers can forget to switch off their instances, and writing and maintaining scheduling scripts can cost more in resources than the company saves. Furthermore, neither “solution” prevents developers from deploying more instances on the company´s Google Cloud Platform, so any cost reduction achieved is only temporary.
What is Google Cloud Platform Automation?
Google Cloud Platform automation is the implementation of scheduling software to automate the manual process of switching non-production instances on and off. The advantage Google Cloud Platform automation has over the previously mentioned “solutions” is that it provides administrators with a single-view dashboard of all the company´s Google instances.
Using the single view dashboard, administrators can create permission tiers from within the scheduling software, assign instances to development teams, and write policies to apply specific schedules to instances with certain tags. When the schedules go live, administrators can view the total amounts saved and download the information in report form for accurate project, capacity and budget planning.
The reports can be configured to account for the savings made by each team, each user, or each credential. This versatility increases accountability and could even lead to increased productivity by the development teams. Further optimization is achieved by administrators being able to identify unused instances so that they can be reassigned or retired if no longer needed.
How Software to Automate Google Cloud Platform Works
Software to automate Google Cloud Platform works through a SaaS web application. Administrators sign into the company´s Google Cloud Platform via the web portal, which then conducts a discovery of the company´s instances and displays which are suitable for scheduling (or “parking” as we call it). Administrators assign the instances to the teams that have been created and writes whatever policies are appropriate.
When teams sign into their accounts via the app, the only instances they can see are the non-production instances assigned them. If a universal scheduling policy has not been set by the administrator, team members can set their own parking schedules for their development, staging and testing instances – either using preconfigured schedules or creating schedules of their own.
The option also exists to permanently park one or more instances even though access may be required during the day. In this scenario – or in the scenario when access to other parked instances is required – team members can “snooze” their parking schedules. Mechanisms exist to automatically return the accessed instances to their dormant mode in case team members forget.
Free Google Cloud Platform Automation Software from ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud is an app for scheduling non-production instances on Google Cloud Platform that helps companies reduce their cloud computing costs, improve their IT governance, increase accountability and optimize their cloud computing resources. ParkMyCloud has already helped hundreds of companies optimize their cloud computing resources and save millions of dollars as a result.
ParkMyCloud has some excellent features to help with the cost reduction and resource optimization processes. For example, when team members schedule their non-production instances to be parked, the UI displays the projected savings over the next thirty days. Having this figure to work with, budget-conscious team members can adjust their schedules as necessary before confirming their schedules.
If your company would like to optimize your cloud computing resources with Google Cloud Platform automation, we invite you to take advantage of a fourteen-day free trial of ParkMyCloud. Our invitation provides you with the opportunity to evaluate the merits of ParkMyCloud in your own environment, with the option to continue using a limited version of the software for free once the trial period has ended or upgrading to a premium subscription for which payback is usually within two months.
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