Businesses looking for Alibaba ECS management software should take the opportunity to register for a free trial of ParkMyCloud. Although ParkMyCloud has been primarily designed to schedule start/stop times for non-production ECS instances, it includes several features similar to AliCloud´s Resource Access Management (“RAM”) software that can improve the management of cloud-based assets.
Indeed, one of ParkMyCloud´s most valuable features is the single-view dashboard through which system admins get total visibility of their accounts. System admins can monitor activity in real time or – using role-based access controls and audit logging features – take advantage of ParkMyCloud´s policy engine to automate governance, increase accountability and enhance system security.
However, one of the best reasons to register for a free trial of ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba ECS management software is to see by how much your business could reduce its Alibaba Cloud costs. Businesses already using ParkMyCloud to start/stop non-production instances on Azure, AWS and Google typically save up to 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances. But could your business save more?
How ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba ECS Management Software Saves Money
Saving money with ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba ECS management software is easy. System admins simply log into their Alibaba Cloud accounts via our SaaS app and create a permissions-limited role for ParkMyCloud. The allow ParkMyCloud to conduct a discovery of the business´s assets, after which a full list will be displayed across the single view dashboard.
Based on the names and tags assigned to ECS instances, ParkMyCloud determines whether or not they are suitable for scheduling – or as we call it “Parking”. Those that are suitable for parking are indicated by a calendar icon, which system administrators click on to access the scheduling page. Once on the scheduling page, a choice of four options exists:
- System admins can apply an existing, preconfigured schedule (i.e. instances switched on between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday) to each instance or groups of instances.
- If an existing preconfigured schedule is not suitable, system admins can create new schedules using a simple “Parking grid” displaying days of the week and times of the day.
- System admins can choose a “permanently parked” schedule for non-production ECS instances, so they are switched off until they are required (more about this option below).
- Use ParkMyCloud´s “SmartParking” feature to get recommendations about the best times to stop/start non-production ECS instances based on past use.
Any schedule can be interrupted at any time (subject to system admin policies) by clicking a “snooze” button. This makes the “permanently parked” schedule ideal for development teams that work irregular hours or in irregular patterns. Safeguards exist to reactivate “permanently parked” schedules after a period of activity to ensure ECS instances are not left running when they are no longer required.
How Much Could Your Business Save by Scheduling Start/Stop Times?
The amount of money a business saves by scheduling start/stop times for non-production ECS instances depends on how aggressive the schedules are. Using the example of the preconfigured schedule mentioned above (i.e. instances switched on between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday), business will save 64% on the cost of deploying non-production ECS instances on Alibaba Cloud.
|How Much Could Your Business Save by Scheduling Start/Stop Times?|
|Schedule||Start Time||Stop Time||Hours Saved||Costs Saved|
|Mon-Sun||8.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.||84 per week||50%|
|Mon-Sun||8.00 a.m.||6.00 p.m.||98 per week||58%|
|Mon-Sat||8.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.||96 per week||57%|
|Mon-Sat||8.00 a.m.||6.00 p.m.||108 per week||64%|
|Mon-Fri||8.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.||108 per week||64%|
|Mon-Fri||8.00 a.m.||6.00 p.m.||118 per week||70%|
To obtain an actual dollar figure based on sixty hours uptime, you are invited to use our savings calculator; however, when you start your free trial of ParkMyCloud, you will be able to see the projected savings for each schedule as it is applied. Once each parking schedule is activated, you will also be able to monitor actual savings per instance, user, team and credential.
It is also possible to make secondary savings using data provided by the “SmartParking” feature to identify over-provisioned instances and zombie resources no longer required. The data can be valuable in optimizing both costs and performance, after which the savings can be maintained – accountability increase and security enhanced – using ParkMyCloud´s robust policy engine.
Register for Your Free Trial of ParkMyCloud Today
ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba ECS management software is currently under development, but should be rolled out soon to businesses looking to reduce Alibaba Clod costs and improve the governance of their accounts. To register for your free trial, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of friendly Customer Service Representatives are able to answer any questions you have about reducing Alibaba Cloud costs with Alibaba ECS management software and will add your details to the list of businesses waiting to take advantage of this opportunity.