How to Reduce Cloud Waste - ParkMyCloud

Stop paying for idle compute instances & VMs

1. Discover

Connect with your cloud provider to discover your compute resources.

2. Park

Schedule on/off times for the desired resources

3. Smile

Reduce your cloud costs by up to 60%

Key Features

Single-view Dashboard

See all your resources, across AWS/Azure accounts and availability zones.

Users & Teams

Govern user access to instances with permission-limited teams.

Parking Recommendations

See which resources are recommended to park based on their tags


View and download savings reports, organized by teams and credentials.

Public API

Easily integrate with automation and continuous delivery tools.


How Connecting to Your Cloud Provider Works

You connect ParkMyCloud to AWS using an IAM role or an IAM user credential, or to Azure by creating a dedicated credential. Your compute resources will be displayed in ParkMyCloud’s single-view dashboard, across all availability zones and any number of AWS and/or Azure accounts.


How Parking Works

To “park” your compute resources, you assign them schedules of hours they will run or be temporarily stopped – i.e. parked. Most non-production resources (dev, test, staging, and QA) can be parked at nights and on weekends, when they are not being used.

Parking Calendar

How ParkMyCloud Helps Teams with Governance

You can add any number of users to a ParkMyCloud account, organized in teams with controllable permissions. ParkMyCloud is simple enough for anyone to use, regardless of technical expertise.


How to Maintain Flexibility

Any instance or VM, even when it’s in a parked state, can be immediately started from ParkMyCloud’s UI using our “snooze button.” It temporarily suspends a calendar action if you need to use a parked resource.


How You Get Savings

By parking your compute resources when you don’t need them, you pay your cloud provider only for the hours you’re actually using. A typical non-production instance is needed for a maximum of 12 hours a day, 5 days a week – which means you can easily save 65%.


How to Reduce Cloud Waste with ParkMyCloud

What is cloud waste?

Cloud waste occurs when organizations spend money on cloud services they are not actually using. To get an idea of why this happens, think of public cloud like a utility. Just like the electricity or water in your home, public cloud is billed by usage. And like those utilities in your home, cloud resources are by default always running, unless users specifically turn them off.

While waste in your electricity bill comes from leaving lights on when you’re not in the room, public cloud waste comes from servers left running when no one is using them - particularly non-production servers left running at night and on weekends.

When this waste is left unmonitored, it can build up - and when significant portions of the budget are spent on unneeded services, it limits the resources available for more critical uses. This can impose unnecessary strain on limited budgets over months or years.

The problem in the market is huge. According to numbers from Gartner and others, up to $6 billion is wasted on unused cloud services every year.

How to reduce cloud waste

With ParkMyCloud, you now have a simple answer to the question of how to reduce cloud waste. Think of it like “Nest for the cloud” - ParkMyCloud can help you automatically turn off public cloud resources when they are not needed.

Use ParkMyCloud to create policies to automatically apply schedules to your cloud resources to turn them off when not in use, such as nights and weekends. You can even set resources to be parked by default, and have your team log in to ParkMyCloud to “snooze” the schedule when the resources are needed.

Cutting this unused spend can reduce cloud waste significantly. For example, Australian healthcare provider Tristar Medical Group has reduced cloud spend by $240,000 annually using ParkMyCloud.

Contact us to learn more about how to reduce cloud waste automatically in your environment.

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