Effective Alibaba Cloud Cost Management Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

There are two ways of approaching Alibaba cloud cost management. The first is half-heartedly, which will usually result in a temporary reduction of cloud waste, but will fail to put you in control of your cloud bill. The second is effectively, which will enable you to optimize Alibaba cloud spend and maintain optimization through policy-driven automation.

Some businesses select the first option in the belief it is easier; but effective Alibaba cloud cost management – the second option – doesn´t have to be difficult. Indeed, not only can it be easier than half-hearted attempts to manage an Alibaba cloud bill, effective Alibaba cloud cost management can help you improve security, accountability and governance of your cloud accounts.

How to Reduce Alibaba Cloud Waste

Cloud waste is the result of resources being launched without consideration of the cost, and then left running when they are not required. It is quite a widespread problem caused by development teams being used to the “sunk costs” of on-premises IT environments. In these environments, there were minimal additional costs associated with leaving a little “wiggle room” in application capacities to cope with a potential increase in demand, or with leaving resources running when they were not required.

One of the major differences with cloud computing is that you pay for the resources you provision and use. If you provision resources with more capacity than you need, you pay for that capacity whether you use it or not. Similarly if you leave resources running when you don´t need to, it is just like leaving the office lights on when you leave for the evening – wasteful.

Consequently, the way to reduce Alibaba cloud waste is to rightsize overprovisioned resources and switch them off when they are not required. Doing this manually is both time-consuming and unreliable; and although you could reassign developers away from their key tasks to write scheduling scripts, the most effective way to achieve these objectives is with an Alibaba cloud resource scheduler.

How an Alibaba Cloud Resource Scheduler Works

An Alibaba cloud resource scheduler is a lightweight SaaS app. System administrators log into the Alibaba account through the app and create a permissions-limited credential in order to allow the app to conduct a discovery of the account. Once the discovery is completed, all the business´s cloud resources are displayed across a single-pane dashboard.

The way in which the assets are displayed not only gives system administrators complete visibility of the account, but also enables them to drill deep into each resource to determine which could be better provisioned using historic usage data collected by the app. In addition, each resource suitable for scheduling on/off times is highlighted (typically non-production ECS instances).

System administrators have the choice of a applying a default schedule to all the highlighted resources, or selected groups of resources and creating a bespoke schedule for them. It is also possible to select an “Always Off” schedule that can be interrupted with the click of a mouse to accommodate development teams that work at irregular times or in irregular patterns.

How Much Does Scheduling On/Off Times Save?
Schedule Start Time Stop Time Hours Saved Costs Reduced By
Mon-Sun 9.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 84 per week 50%
Mon-Sun 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 98 per week 58%
Mon-Sat 9.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 96 per week 57%
Mon-Sat 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 118 per week 70%

Optimize Alibaba Cloud Spend Permanently

Rightsizing overprovisioned resources and scheduling on/off times for non-production resources using an Alibaba cloud resource scheduler is an easy way to optimize Alibaba cloud spend; however, you don´t want to repeat the exercise every time new non-production instances are launched. Therefore to ensure permanent optimization, you have to perform a second Alibaba cloud cost management exercise.

This involves using the scheduler´s policy engine to allocate parking schedules to yet-to-be launched resources based on the names and tags assigned to them. For example, every future ECS instance launched with the tag “dev” will have the same on/off schedule applied to it as other instances with the same tag. Restrictions can be set to avoid the schedule being changed without administrative clearance.

The policy engine can also be used to assign resources with specific names or tags to individual teams, which promotes accountability and governance of cloud activity. The policy engine is supported by a comprehensive reporting suite informing administrators of costs by team, resource or – if you are using multiple clouds – by individual provider.

Alibaba Cloud Cost Management Software from ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a popular Alibaba cloud resource scheduler that also supports AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Its intuitive user interface has been especially designed to make Alibaba cloud cost management a smooth process, making it easy for system administrators to manage an Alibaba cloud bill with complete visibility of the business´s resources – not difficult at all.

Hundreds of customers have saved millions of dollars by using ParkMyCloud to optimize Alibaba cloud spend and schedule on/off times for non-production resources, and we invite you to try our Alibaba cloud cost management software for free in order to evaluate ParkMyCloud in your own environment. Our free trial offer consists of a fully-enable version of ParkMyCloud including:

  • Multi-cloud support for Alibaba, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
  • Schedule an unlimited number of resources by team, user or credential.
  • Access to audit logs, reports and notifications of attempted policy breaches
  • SSO /SAML 2.0, API access and policy engine.
  • Role-based access controls.
  • Utilization-based heatmaps.
  • Live Chat support (9am-6pm ET).

To find out more about our free trial offer – or how you can reduce Alibaba cloud waste and better manage an Alibaba cloud bill with ParkMyCloud – do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly Customer Services Team will be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process of registering for your free trial of ParkMyCloud.