Anybody researching Google Compute Engine management software could be forgiven for being baffled by the volume of available options. Google offers plenty of proprietary software options – such as Deployment Manager and BigQuery – and many third-party software developers offer their own software for managing Google´s cloud computing platform depending on the task you want managed.
What Google and many third-party software developers fail to offer is Google Compute Engine management software that can reduce cloud compute costs. Although Google´s pricing structure is mostly favorable compared to its market competitors, the cost of deploying instances on Google´s cloud computing platform is not negligible. In many cases it can be a significant part of a project´s budget.
Options to Reduce Cloud Compute Costs
There are options available to reduce cloud compute costs, whatever platform you are using. Non-production instances can by switched off manually when idle, or internal resources can be reallocated to develop scheduling scripts. Neither option is completely satisfactory. The manual process is subject to human error, while the reallocation of internal resources could cost you more than you might save.
A third option is to take advantage of Google Compute Engine management software that automates the on/off process for non-production instances. This type of software for managing Google´s cloud computing platform provides the single-view dashboard that attracts many users to the Deployment Manager application, and it also eliminates human error and counterproductive development costs.
Google Compute Engine Management Software from ParkMyCloud
If your primary objective is to reduce cloud compute costs with software for managing Google´s cloud computing platform, you should certainly consider ParkMyCloud. ParkMyCloud is a lightweight “Software-as-a-Service” application, designed to make deployment, account manageability and governance as simple as possible, while saving businesses money on Google Compute Engine.
To use ParkMyCloud´s Google Compute Engine management software, authorized users log into their Google accounts via the app with their usual login credentials. The app finds all the instances assigned to that username and password and displays them on a single view dashboard – making recommendations about which non-production instances are suitable for scheduling. Users accept the recommendations or make their own selection of instances that are used for developing, testing and staging.
Once the recommendations have been accepted – or user selections made – users have the options of applying a pre-created parking schedule (e.g. between 7:00pm and 7:00am Monday to Friday and during the weekend), or creating a parking schedule of their own. Parking schedules are easy to create using a grid that displays times of the day and days of the week. Users simply highlight the times they want their non-production instances switched off and click “Create Schedule”.
Now comes the clever part. Whereas a lot of software for managing Google´s cloud computing platform can tell you how much money you have spent, ParkMyCloud tells you how much money you will save. Once the parking schedules have been activated, our Google Compute Engine management software displays the projected savings for the next thirty days. As soon as the schedule is implemented, the projected savings start to become actual savings.
How Much Can You Save with ParkMyCloud?
How much you can save with ParkMyCloud will depend on the number of non-production instances you have deployed on Google Compute Engine, their type, and the sustained use discount you qualify for. Using the pre-created schedule above as an example (parked between 7:00pm and 7:00am Monday to Friday and during the weekend), you would reduce your cloud compute costs on non-production instances by almost 65%. That savings could free up a significant part of a project´s budget.
Greater savings can be made by creating a parking schedule that has the non-production instances parked by default. Then, whenever a developer wants to access a parked instance, the schedule is snoozed. In this way you will only pay for the compute power you use with ParkMyCloud.
Try Our Software for Managing Google´s Cloud Computing Platform for Free
If you are looking for ways to reduce cloud compute costs on Google Compute Engine, we invite you to try our software for managing Google´s cloud computing platform free for thirty days. Our offer consists of full use of the ParkMyCloud app, with no contracts to sign, and no commitment to continue using our Google Compute Engine management software at the end of the trial period. There are no set up costs or credit cards required, and the best thing about our offer is whatever money you save, you keep.
To take advantage of our offer, click the “Try It Now” button at the top of the page. You only need to enter your work email address and basic information to get started. Alternatively, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have, or if you would like further information about ParkMyCloud´s Google Compute Engine management software to reduce cloud compute costs.