Using ParkMyCloud’s Alibaba Instance Scheduler

Using ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba instance scheduler to schedule start/stop times for non-production ECS instances is a simple way to reduce AliCloud expenses. It is also more reliable than asking developers to manually switch off instances, and more cost-effective than reassigning developers to write and maintain scheduling scripts. Furthermore, with ParkMyCloud, you take control of your AliCloud account.

How ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Instance Scheduler Works

In order to reduce AliCloud expenses with ParkMyCloud, system admins log into the business´s AliCloud account via ParkMyCloud´s interface and create a permissions-limited role for the app. The app then conducts a discovery of the business´s instances and displays then across a single-pane dashboard, giving system admins total visibility over the account.

Each instance suitable for scheduling is identified with a calendar icon. System admins click on the icon, which redirects them to the Alibaba instance scheduler page. Here, there are four options from which to choose:

  • Apply a preconfigured schedule.
  • Create and apply a new schedule.
  • Allow ParkMyCloud to make scheduling recommendations.
  • Schedule instances to be always switched off.

The final option is the most suitable if the business´s development teams work irregular hours or in irregular patterns. The “always off” schedule can be interrupted with the click of a mouse, and reactivated just as easily when access is no longer required. Just in case developers forget to restart the “always off” schedule, it reactivates automatically after a period of inactivity.

How Much Does ParkMyCloud Reduce AliCloud Expenses?

In most cases, the only instances suitable for scheduling will be non-production ECS instances typically used for development, testing and staging. The amount by which the Alibaba instance scheduler reduces AliCloud expenses will depend on the proportion of non-production instance the business uses and the schedules applied to each. The following chart illustrates a handful of examples:

How Much Does ParkMyCloud Reduce AliCloud Expenses?
Schedule Start Time Stop Time Hours Saved Costs Saved
Mon-Fri 7.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 98 per week 58%
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 118 per week 70%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 123 per week 73%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 128 per week 76%

For an accurate dollar figure, you are invited to make use of our cost savings calculator which is based on a weekly uptime of sixty hours (i.e. 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you are invited to register for a free trial of our Alibaba instance scheduler, which will project the next three months savings as each schedule is applied.

The Secondary Benefits of ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Instance Scheduler

Although ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba instance scheduler is primarily used for scheduling start/stop times for non-production ECS instances, it can reduce AliCloud expenses in other ways as well. For example, the heat maps produced by ParkMyCloud´s “SmartParking” feature can help system admins identify incorrectly configured instances that can be rightsized to optimize cost and performance.

It is also possible to apply policies that automate governance. For example, system admins could create policies to be notified when an instances is operational for more than a set number of hours per month to move it to a less expensive pricing plan, or to prevent certain events from occurring – for example schedules being interrupted outside of normal working hours.

The total visibility of the business´s accounts provided by the single-pane dashboard and ParkMyCloud´s policy engine combine to ensure once costs are optimized, they stay optimized. System administrators can also implement role-based access controls and access logs to increase accountability and enhance security, and integrate ParkMyCloud with other tools to make the overall management process easier.

Register Today for a Trial of ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba Instance Scheduler

At the time of publishing this article, support for ParkMyCloud´s Alibaba instance scheduler is being finalized. If you would like to know when the final product will be available, please do not hesitate to get in touch and leave your contact details with our Customer Support team. If you have any questions about using ParkMyCloud to reduce AliCloud expenses, don´t miss this opportunity to ask away.

Our Customer Support team will be happy to answer your questions, explain with relevance to your own specific circumstances how ParkMyCloud can help reduce AliCloud expenses, and add your business´s name to the list of interested parties registering for a free trial of ParkMyCloud. As soon as the development process is completed, we will be back in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.