RDS Cost Control Automation on AWS

Since June 2017, it has been possible to achieve RDS cost control automation on AWS with ParkMyCloud. Our scheduling software is easy to use, more dependable than relying on developers to switch off their database instances, and more cost-effective then reassigning developers from their core projects to write and maintain scheduling scripts.

Furthermore, ParkMyCloud can also be used to schedule stop-start times for EC2 instances and auto-scaling groups. Consequently, in addition to being able to achieve RDS cost control automation on AWS, you also have the option of creating logical groups of non-production instances and setting one parking schedule for the constituent parts of the same application.

How to Achieve RDS Cost Control Automation on AWS with ParkMyCloud

In order to achieve RDS cost control automation on AWS, the first step is to create a ParkMyCloud account by clicking the “Try it Free” button. Once your account is created, connect to AWS through our platform and create a limited-permissions IAM role so the platform can discover your individual instances, RDS databases and auto-scaling groups deployed on AWS.

The ParkMyCloud dashboard will then display all the found resources by location, name, type and cost. Alongside the resources suitable for scheduling, a small calendar icon appears. To create your first parking schedule, click on the calendar icon (you can also use the “schedules” button in the left-hand navigation pane) and select one of the preconfigured schedules or click “new” to create a new schedule.

Once the new schedule (if selected) has been given a name and saved, you are returned to the ParkMyCloud dashboard, where you repeat the process for each recommended resource. It is possible to group together resources to accelerate the parking schedule, or select “all” at the beginning of the process to assign the same parking schedule to all your non-production EC2 and RDS instances.

Increase Governance and Accountability with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud not only automates cost control for RDS and EC2 instances on AWS, it also increases your governance of your cloud accounts and team or user accountability. You will have noticed during the scheduling process that the left-hand navigation panel contains tools that let you manage your user credentials, your teams and individual users.

You can add credentials, teams and users to fit your specific requirements, edit their details and remove them through the navigation panel. You can also assign policies to individual instances or groups of instances to restrict what can and cannot be done with their schedules, and access a wide range of reports and audit logs to see who has accessed what instances and when.

Possibly the most valuable of these options is the reporting options. As a Super Admin, you can see how much each schedule is saving, which schedules are not saving as much as others, and why. The reports can be ordered by resource, credential or team over various time periods in order to provide accurate data for future capacity planning and budgeting.

Find Out More about Reducing Cloud Costs with ParkMyCloud

There are many more ways in which to reduce cloud costs with ParkMyCloud. For example, the ParkMyCloud dashboard gives Super Admins total visibility across all a company´s cloud accounts in order to identify unused or underused resources that can be terminated or assigned to a cheaper pricing option. It is also possible to configure ParkMyCloud to produce notifications for system errors, system maintenance and updates, user actions, parking actions, and/or policy actions.

To find out more about the various ways in which it is possible to reduce cloud costs with ParkMyCloud, or for more information about achieving RDS cost control automation on AWS, do not hesitate to contact us. Our experienced and friendly Customer Services Team will be happy to explain more about each aspect of ParkMyCloud and answer any questions you have about our scheduling software before starting your free trial.

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