An Effective Way to Achieve a Long-Term Alibaba Cloud Cost Reduction

There are several ways in which business can achieve an Alibaba Cloud cost reduction, but not all of them are reliable or will result in long term savings. Take scheduling scripts for example. Businesses can achieve an Alibaba Cloud cost reduction by reassigning developers away from their core projects to write scheduling scripts that switch off non-production ECS instances when they are not required.

However, not only can the cost of developers´ wages eat into how much can be saved, reassigning developers to write scheduling scripts can delay the delivery of core projects. Furthermore, each time access to a switched-off instance is required, the scripts have to edited – and re-edited to restart the schedule when the task is finished. If a developer forgets to re-edit the script, instances can be left running and the Alibaba Cloud cost reduction is lost.

Achieving a Long-Term Alibaba Cloud Cost Reduction with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a more reliable solution that has the mechanisms in place to achieve a long-term Alibaba Cloud cost reduction. Our lightweight SaaS app conducts a discovery of the business´s resources via a permissions limited role, and determines which ECS instances are suitable for scheduling based on the names and tags assigned to them.

System admins have the choice of assigning a preconfigured schedule to each instance or creating a schedule to suit their teams´ working patterns. The opportunity also exists to run a “SmartParking” feature – which will recommend scheduling times based on the historic use of each instance – or to permanently “park” instances so they are switch off until access is required.

The “Permanently Parked” schedule is a great tool for development teams that work irregular hours or in irregular patterns. The schedule can be “snoozed” with the click of a mouse, and safeguards are in place to restart the schedule after a period of inactivity so the business is not relying on developers´ memories to achieve an Alibaba Cloud cost reduction.

How Much of an Alibaba Cloud Cost Reduction Could You Achieve?

Based on the current experiences of businesses using ParkMyCloud to park instances on Azure, AWS and Google, we have compiled a table indicating how much of an Alibaba Cloud cost reduction could be achieved using different schedules. For an accurate dollar figure based on sixty hours uptime, business are invited to use our cost savings calculator. Alternatively, register today for a free trail and allow ParkMyCloud to calculate the projected cost savings as each schedule is applied.

How Much of an Alibaba Cloud Cost Reduction Could You Achieve?
Schedule Start Time Stop Time Hours Saved Costs Saved
Mon-Sat 7.00 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 96 per week 57%
Mon-Sat 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Sat 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 120 per week 71%
Mon-Fri 7.00 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 118 per week 70%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 128 per week 76%

The above figures apply to the Alibaba Cloud cost reduction businesses can achieve by scheduling start/stop times for non-production ECS instances (i.e. those used for development, staging and testing), but it is also possible to reduce the costs of production instances as well by taking advantage of the historic data produced by ParkMyCloud during the “SmartParking” feature.

The historic data can be used to identify incorrectly configured ECS instances that can then be right-sized to optimize cost and performance. System admins will also be able to identify unused resources that can be terminated to reduce costs further. Once the business´s Alibaba Cloud costs are optimized, system admins can use ParkMyCloud´s policy engine to monitor activity, control future deployments, and improve accountability. For example, policies can be created to:

  • Notify administrators when an instance is being used more than x hours per week so it can be reassigned into a less expensive pricing plan.
  • Notify administrators when an instance is constantly using less resources than it is configured for, so it can be rightsized to a cheaper option.
  • Prevent developers launching ECS instances beyond a predetermined capacity until authorization is received from a system administrator.
  • Prevent parking schedules being interrupted outside of normal working hours in order to enhance account security.

Find Out More When You Register for a Free Trial of ParkMyCloud

At present, ParkMyCloud´s support for Alibaba Cloud is under development. However, if you would like to find out more about how you can achieve a long-term Alibaba Cloud cost reduction using our scheduling software, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and note your contact details so that, when the development process is completed, we will be able to offer you a free trial of ParkMyCloud.

Our free trial will enable you to find out how much of an Alibaba Cloud cost reduction you could achieve in practice. As mentioned above, ParkMyCloud calculates the projected cost saving as each parking schedule is applied, so you will have plenty of opportunities during the free trial to determine whether or not ParkMyCloud is an appropriate tool for your business to achieve a long-term Alibaba Cloud cost reduction. If you will that ParkMyCloud will be of benefit to you, we offer competitive pricing plans with typical payback within two months. Contact us today to find out more.

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