One of the biggest problems businesses encounter when looking for ways to save money on Google Cloud Platform is accountability. There are many different ways to save money on Google Cloud Platform but, without accountability, development teams can continue to deploy resources and continue running up costs – making any savings you achieve only temporary.
Investigating Sustained Use Discounts and Google´s preemptible pricing plan can be a waste of time if the minute you find an avenue for cutting costs, the savings are wiped out by uncontrolled deployment. As you probably investigated these options anyway when you first started deploying instance on Google Cloud Platform, the savings achieved by using these options would likely be minimal.
An alternative option commonly suggested on developer forums is to write scheduling scripts in order to switch off non-production instances when they are not required. This may well save money on Google Cloud Platform, but the cost of developer time to write the scripts will likely be more than the savings achieved, and this solution does not resolve the issue of accountability.
Scheduling Software is a More Viable Solution
Using off-the-shelf software to schedule on/off times for non-production instances is a far better way to save money on Google Cloud Platform – provided you do not invest in a cloud management package that includes multiple features you will never use. Off-the-shelf scheduling software is inexpensive, easy to use and effective.
Using ParkMyCloud as an example, in order to save money on Google Cloud Platform, administrators create a permission-limited role for the software. The software conducts a discovery of all the company´s deployed resources and makes recommendations about which non-production instances are suitable for scheduling based on their tags.
Administrators can apply company-wide scheduling policies to the recommended instances, or delegate the scheduling process to individual development teams – who can choose from a series of preconfigured schedules, or create schedules of their own to best suit their working patterns. Each schedule for each resource can be viewed on an administrative portal to increase accountability.
Save Up To 65% on Google Cloud Platform Costs
How much each company can save by using ParkMyCloud to schedule “parking” times will vary according to the number of non-production instances deployed on Google Cloud Platform and the schedules assigned to them. If a schedule was created that automatically switched non-production instances on between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and off at all other times, the company would save 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances on Google Cloud Platform.
As each schedule is set, the amount it will save over the next thirty days is calculated and displayed on the administrative portal. Once the schedules are operational, a second figure is displayed showing the accumulated savings. This gives administrators the opportunity to adjust parking schedules in order to maximize savings and – with the increased level of accountability provided by ParkMyCloud´s single-view dashboard – ensure the savings are maintained.
A further way of maximizing savings is to permanently park all non-production instances. ParkMyCloud has a feature that allows parking schedules to be snoozed when access to parked resources is required. Applying a permanently parked schedule and using the snooze feature can minimize cloud wastage and ensure non-production instances are only used when necessary. Mechanisms exist to ensure snoozed schedules are restarted after a period of inactivity in case developers forget to restart the schedule.
Save Money on Google Cloud Platform for Free
If your business is looking for ways to save money on Google Cloud Platform, but is finding that many of your options fail to provide the level of accountability it needs to maintain saving in the long-term, you are invited to take advantage of a free trial of ParkMyCloud in order to evaluate its merits in your own environment. To start your free trial, simply click any “Try it Free” button.
The free trial consists of a fully-enabled version of ParkMyCloud, with all the features you need to enforce accountability for resource deployment in the cloud. Through the single-view dashboard, you will be able to identify unused or underused resources and terminate them or reassign them as necessary. Plus, whatever you save during your free trial is yours to keep.
At the end of the trial, you have the option of subscribing to one of our payment options, or continuing to use ParkMyCloud free of charge. The free version of our software lacks some of the features you might find useful to permanently save money on Google Cloud Platform, but you will never know until you try it. So start your free trial today, or contact us for more information about ParkMyCloud.