Using ParkMyCloud as Alibaba Cloud Management Software

A quick scout through the Alibaba Cloud marketplace reveals there is little in the way of Alibaba Cloud management software available. Alibaba Cloud does offer a “Resource Access Management” service, but this is limited in its features and, although good for organizing users into groups and granting specific permission levels, it does little to reduce the cost of AliCloud.

By comparison, ParkMyCloud is an easy-to-use app that not only helps system administrators manage access to assets deployed in the cloud, but which also helps businesses reduce the cost of AliCloud by scheduling start/stop times for non-production ECS instances. With ParkMyCloud, businesses could save 65% or more on the cost of deploying non-production resources on Alibaba Cloud.

How ParkMyCloud Helps Reduce the Cost of AliCloud

ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Cloud management software for scheduling start/stop times for non-production instances could not be any simpler to use. System administrators simply log into their Alibaba Cloud accounts through the ParkMyCloud GUI and allow the app to conduct a discovery of the business´s resources via a permissions-limited role. When the discovery process is completed, administrators can see all the business´s resources displayed across a single-view dashboard.

On the dashboard, each instance suitable for scheduling will be identified by a calendar icon. Clicking on the icon takes administrators to a scheduling page, where they can either:

  • Creating schedules for each instance from scratch by selecting the times of day and days of the week instances should be switched on via an intuitive grid.
  • Applying a preconfigured schedule from a choice of preconfigured schedules – i.e. switching instances on from 8:30 a.m. on weekdays until 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Using ParkMyCloud´s “SmartParking” feature to recommend schedules based on each instance´s use over the previous week, month, quarter, or bespoke time period.
  • Applying an “Always Parked” schedule which will permanently switch off development, testing and staging instances until access to them is required by developers.

Schedules can be applied individually or in groups. Once active, they can be interrupted whenever necessary with the click of a mouse using a “snooze” feature. This feature has safeguards in place to reactivate schedules after a period of inactivity in order to prevent the scenario in which schedules are interrupted and instances left running due to developer forgetfulness.

By How Much Can ParkMyCloud Reduce the Cost of AliCloud?

It is actually quite surprising by how much ParkMyCloud can reduce the cost of AliCloud. Using the example of the preconfigured schedule mentioned above (switching instances on from 8:30 a.m. on weekdays until 6:30 p.m. on weekdays) a business would reduce the cost of deploying non-production instances on Alibaba Cloud by 70%. Other typical savings include:

By How Much Can ParkMyCloud Reduce the Cost of AliCloud?
Schedule Start Time Stop Time Hours Saved Costs Saved
Mon-Sun 8.30 a.m. 8.30 p.m. 84 per week 50%
Mon-Sun 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 98 per week 58%
Mon-Sat 8.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Sat 9.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 96 per week 57%
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 118 per week 70%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 128 per week 76%

As each parking schedule is applied, system administrators will be able to find out in advance how much ParkMyCloud can reduce the cost of AliCloud due to the projected savings over the next three months appearing on the dashboard. We also provide a handy savings calculator based on the assumption of sixty hours uptime per week for non-production instances.

Using ParkMyCloud as Alibaba Cloud Management Software

Using ParkMyCloud as Alibaba Cloud management software is just as easy due to the heat maps produced by the “SmartParking” feature. Administrators can use the heat maps to identify over- and under-provisioned instances and those no longer required. Incorrectly configured instances can be right-sized to optimize cost and performance, and those no longer required can be terminated.

Once the business´s assets have been optimized, ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Cloud management software enables system administrators to create policies in a similar way to the “Resource Access Management” service. The policies can be used to automate governance, increase accountability and enhance security depending on the individual requirements of the business.

Alibaba Cloud Support Coming Soon from ParkMyCloud

For hundreds of businesses deploying assets in AWS, Azure and Google, ParkMyCloud already saves millions of dollars each year. However, at the present time, ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Cloud management software is under development. If you would like to know the moment ParkMyCloud supports Alibaba Cloud, do not hesitate to contact us and provide your contact details to our Customer Support team.

As soon as development of our Alibaba Cloud management software is completed, we will get back in touch with you and offer you a free trial of ParkMyCloud, so that you can experience how simple it is to reduce the cost of AliCloud and maintain your savings through automated governance. Naturally, if you have any questions in the meantime, our Customer Support team will be happy to answer them.