Azure management software is a tool that can help businesses reduce cloud computing costs by providing a single view of their Virtual Machines (VMs) running on Microsoft´s Azure platform. With the single view of multiple Azure accounts, VM types and pricing options, it is possible to manage accounts with greater efficiency and reduce cloud computing costs by up to 60%.
The management software for Microsoft Azure also helps to maintain governance and avoid billing surprises. The versatility of the software allows for businesses to create permission tiers – and to track usage within those tiers – so that insights can be gathered into future budgeting and capacity planning. The tiered structure also provides dedicated access for team members to start and stop their own VMs.
How to Reduce Cloud Computing Costs without Azure Management Software
Microsoft Azure is an effective alternative to developing, testing, and staging products within a business´s existing infrastructure, but the costs can still be high. Regardless of the nature of your business, the number of VMs your business runs, and the Azure options your business has subscribed to, there will likely be considerable resource waste.
Some of this waste can be saved by dedicating resources to the development of scheduling scripts for non-production VMs. This option has the disadvantage of removing resources from other projects, it fails to provide an overall view of multiple Azure accounts, and it could incur costs if your business has to pay for a reserved public IP address to avoid the reassignment of your IP address to another client.
Alternatively, you can instruct your developers to manually shut down non-production VMs when they are not required. This option too has its disadvantages if your developers forget to shut down non-production VMs, or try to shut them down from within the VM – which does not reduce cloud computing costs because the Azure platform continues to reserve compute resources for them.
A third option is to enter into an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. This option is only possible if you have a minimum of 500 users and commit to a three-year package. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not offer the option of “Stepping Down” if your business reduces the number of users or the capacity that is required – so it could end up increasing your cloud computing costs over time.
How Management Software for Microsoft Azure Reduces Costs
Management software for Microsoft Azure helps reduce cloud computing costs by allowing businesses to place their VMs within the appropriate pricing category, and then scheduling the non-production VMs to be temporarily stopped – or “parked” – when not required. In this way, Azure management software saves businesses time and money developing scheduling scripts, paying for reserved public IP addresses, and committing to a three-year contract that may be inappropriate after several months.
The Azure management software is also easy to use. To view all your VMs, you log into your Microsoft account through the software. The Azure management software will locate your VMs within Azure and extract their metadata. Depending on the names you have given the VMs and the tags you have assigned them, the software will make recommendations about which ones are suitable for parking.
You can accept or amend the recommendations, after which you will be taken to a UI displaying days of the week and times of the day on a grid. You simply highlight the days of the week and times of the day your non-production VMs are not required and click “schedule”. Most development, testing, and staging VMs can be parked during the evening and at weekends; and, if a VM is required for any purpose while parked, the schedule for that VM can be “snoozed” so that the VM is ready for use.
Once you have completed the configuration of the schedule, the UI displays the projected savings based on the pricing option into which each VM has been placed. This allows you to identify where further savings could be made and adjust the schedule as necessary. Once you start parking your non-production VMs, the amount by which you will reduce cloud computing costs with management software for Microsoft Azure changes from being projected savings to actual savings.
Try ParkMyCloud Azure Management Software for Free
ParkMyCloud Azure management software helps businesses save up to 60% on the cost of Microsoft´s cloud computing platform by parking VMs when not required. Our management software for Microsoft Azure also helps maintain Azure governance and enhances data security by making the VMs inaccessible while they are parked. This also eliminates the need to conduct unnecessary and wasteful virus scans when the VMs are not being used.
With ParkMyCloud, businesses pay for only the computing power they use. Using our lightweight Software-as-a-Service app, every non-production VM can be permanently parked and the schedule snoozed when access is required. This feature helps reduce cloud computing costs to the minimum necessary and enhances data security to the maximum possible. Furthermore, we invite you to test our Azure management software for free.
Our offer consists of a thirty-day trial period, with no credit card required, no set-up costs and no obligation on you to continue with the management software for Microsoft Azure once the trial period has ended. What is so great about our offer is that all of the savings you make while using ParkMyCloud are yours to keep, so you will be making money for finding out how to reduce cloud computing costs with our Azure management software.
For more information about our offer and for further detail of ParkMyCloud Azure management software, contact us today.