Concerns about Azure scheduler pricing often manifest at the beginning of the third stage of “cloud awareness”. This stage is usually reached after companies have identified the cost benefits of deploying resources in the cloud (Stage 1), expanded their reliance on cloud technology (Stage 2), and realized they now need to control their expenditure – most likely with a scheduler tool.
Azure scheduler software is the most viable option available to companies for controlling cloud computing expenditure as it is more cost-effective than reassigning development teams to write and maintain scheduling scripts, and more reliable than having developers manually switch off non-production resources.
However, some companies have the mindset of “why buy when we can build” and neglect to compare Azure scheduler pricing against the true cost of writing scheduling scripts, or the consequences of a suspended account due to developers forgetting to switch off resources and the account exceeding a preset monthly spending budget.
What Azure Scheduler Software Does
Azure scheduler software automates the process of manually switching off non-production resources such as development, staging and testing VMs when they are not required. Most non-production resources are only required during the working week, so companies can reduce the cost of deploying non-production resources on Azure by almost 65% simply by applying a schedule for the resources to be available between 8:00 a.m. in the morning and 8:00 p.m. in the evening Monday through Friday.
To schedule (or “park”) non-production resources, authorized personnel log in to their Azure account(s) via the software´s UI using their usual Microsoft credentials. The software discovers the user´s resources and makes recommendations about which are suitable for parking based on their names and tags. The user can either select a pre-configured parking schedule (i.e. “on” from 8:00 a.m. in the morning to 8:00 p.m. in the evening Monday through Friday) or create their own for all, some or individual resources.
Once the parking schedules are confirmed, the UI displays the projected savings over the next thirty days; and, once operational, also the actual savings. If access to the parked resources is required while they are scheduled to be off, the Azure scheduler software allows users to “snooze” the schedule. It also has mechanisms in place to automatically stop snoozed resources after a pre-determined time so developers do not have to remember to return the non-production resources to their dormant state.
When Considering Azure Scheduler Pricing, Consider This
In addition to saving almost 65% on the cost of deploying non-production resources on Microsoft Azure – or more if the resources are parked permanently and the schedule snoozed when access is required – companies considering Azure scheduler pricing should also consider the indirect savings of Azure scheduler software as well as the direct savings. The indirect savings result from improved IT governance, increased accountability and fewer monitoring and security resources needed.
Azure scheduler software provides system administrators with single-view oversight of all a company´s Microsoft Azure accounts. With this single view, administrators can monitor resource activity to increase accountability and also identify unused resources that can be reassigned or cancelled to optimize costs further. Administrators can also see via the software how much is being saved by implementing parking schedules, and download the information to assist with future project, capacity and budget planning.
While parked, non-production resources cannot be hacked or accessed by unauthorized third parties. This eliminates the need for parked resources to be monitored by network security teams or scanned for viruses. Although this results in a modest saving for companies with a limited number of non-production resources, indirect savings can be considerable for larger companies with significant R&D departments, and should definitely be included in calculations when considering Azure scheduler pricing.
Forget about Azure Scheduler Pricing with ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud is a cost-effective, lightweight SaaS app that helps companies optimize their cloud computing costs by quickly and easily parking non-production resources when they are not required. Implemented by hundreds of companies to save millions of dollars each year, ParkMyCloud is completely web-based – so there is no downloading nor plug-ins required.
If your company has reached the third stage of “cloud awareness” and is looking to optimize you Azure costs, but you are concerned about Azure scheduler pricing, we offer a fourteen day free trial of ParkMyCloud so you can evaluate its merits in your own environment. Once the trial is ended, you are welcome to continue using our Azure scheduler software for free, but with limited functionality.
Alternatively – once the free trial has ended – a choice of premium subscription packages is available depending on your company´s needs. Payback on our most popular subscription package is typically two months. To begin your free trial of ParkMyCloud, click any “Try it Now” button on this page; or, if you would like further information about our Azure scheduler pricing before starting your free trial, do not hesitate to contact us.