Some things in life just go together so well…whether it’s an unlikely food pairing, a well-matched color scheme, or your favorite celebrity couple. Take CloudHealth and ParkMyCloud, for example. Each on their own is pretty great – but together they join forces to save you serious time and money.
As a ParkMyCloud customer, you can control cost automatically through scheduling and enriched analytical capabilities, thus optimizing your multi-cloud environments and increasing return on investment. Now with this partnership, you can also use CloudHealth to get better governance, simple rightsizing features and management through a single platform. Customers can now buy ParkMyCloud directly from CloudHealth, and the companies are working on a technology integration which will leverage CloudHealth’s best in class cloud governance platform and ParkMyCloud’s actionable scheduling policies.
Benefits of using CloudHealth Platform:
1. Reduce Total Cost of Ownership with Reserved Instances and Rightsizing
CloudHealth Platform provides an easy way to take advantage of reserved instances (RI) in AWS and Azure from the platform itself.
Ulf Mansson, Recorded Future’s Chief of Operations and Co-Founder, says that “We needed a way to automate the management of RIs, since we didn’t have the time to constantly monitor them.” CloudHealth has helped Recorded Future to save money and use that hard earned money for more strategic initiatives.
CloudHealth helps you with rightsizing your environment. In other words, manage your underutilized resources better to ensure you are not overspending. For example, look at the report below for rightsizing EC2 instances.
2. Comprehensive management and integrations for your hybrid cloud
Bottomline for your company is the ability to manage your entire hybrid cloud from one platform. Across all your clouds and existing point management solutions. Electronic hardware and software provider, Mentor Graphics has accurately identified and allocated resources to projects and provided visibility into cost projections using CloudHealth. This has helped the company immediately see and compare the impact their decisions have on both cost and ROI.
The picture below shows the simple cross-cloud dashboard from CloudHealth platform.
For customers already using DataDog, Chef or New Relic within your environment you would want to continue using those while adopting a new platform. The CloudHealth Platform is designed with open APIs. So we made it easy to integrate all your existing API driving solutions for business and IT continuity.
3. Security for peace of mind
Not only have we designed the CloudHealth Platform to be very secure, we also can ensure your AWS accounts follow security best practices. For example, using CloudHealth policies, you can ensure IAM roles, security groups, and permissions are all configured properly. We’ve taken the best practices from AWS and from the Center for Internet security and turned them into out of the box policies, so you can get alerted any time your environment is out of compliance. We are also a SOC Type 2 Compliant company, to read more on that please click here.
All of us at CloudHealth Technologies and ParkMyCloud are pretty excited about the impact this partnership will have on our customers. It means serious value for them as they simplify governance, derive greater ROI from their cloud investments, and are able to drive more strategic projects.
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CloudHealth Technologies, Leader in Hybrid Cloud Governance, and ParkMyCloud, Leader in Automated Cost Control, Join Forces to Save Companies Time and Money
January 11, 2018, BOSTON – CloudHealth Technologies, the leader in cloud service management, and ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, today announced they are partnering to marry the hybrid cloud governance of CloudHealth with the automated cost control of ParkMyCloud.
Customers leveraging the integrated solution will experience greater return on their cloud investments. They will be able to automate cloud cost control, simplify management, and consequently free up teams to focus on driving more strategic projects within their organizations.
Public cloud provides agility, efficiency and flexibility; however, as organizations ramp up in the public cloud, they often find consumption growing rapidly, leading to overspending and inefficient resource utilization. For many, this rising cost is unaccounted for. According to Gartner, “With increasing business unit IT spending on cloud services, IT leaders must prevent new risks, sprawl, cost overruns and missed SLAs. Dynamic optimization technology can help balance the benefits of agility with required governance controls for cloud services and virtualized infrastructure.”1
With CloudHealth’s expertise in cloud governance and management and ParkMyCloud’s specialization in cloud cost control, they can together provide complete visibility and control over multi-cloud environments, enabling customers to drive better business value. Joint customers will experience a seamless, integrated solution, including:
- Improved Cloud ROI: Users will realize immediate cost savings with non-disruptive, policy-driven automation that helps to eliminate tedious tasks and enable teams to roll out new offerings and updates faster to market.
- Ability to Drive More Strategic Projects: Rather than focusing on “keeping the lights on,” technical experts can shift their efforts to continuously innovate and thereby maintain a competitive advantage—not just business as usual.
- Simplified Hybrid Cloud Governance: Broken down by environment, department, application, resource and more, this integrated offering empowers teams to implement better resource management through a simple and easy-to-use customizable dashboards for different personas such as CFO and CTO, among others.
- Better Analytics: Users gain unparalleled insight and can use this visibility to make smarter business decisions.
“There are huge business gains to be reaped in the public cloud, but business transformation also brings complexity,” said Tom Axbey, CEO and President of CloudHealth Technologies. “In partnering with ParkMyCloud, we’re eliminating cloud management inefficiency and bridging the divide between cost and utilization. We’re uniting disparate cloud environments, business ops and DevOps teams by equipping them with the tools they need to be agile and productive.”
“Our goal at ParkMyCloud has always been to help our customers do more with their cloud by saving time and money,” said Jay Chapel, CEO and Founder of ParkMyCloud. “That’s why we provide them with automated cost control, which we do by finding and turning off idle resources in AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. By collaborating with CloudHealth Technologies, we are providing customers with end-to-end visibility and control over their environments for optimized cloud usage and spend.”
“With ParkMyCloud, anyone in your organization can be responsible for their own cloud costs,” said Reed Savory, Connotate. “That’s immensely valuable and brings real cost savings. CloudHealth offers unparalleled rightsizing capabilities, among other things, so we know we aren’t leaving money on the table. Integrating these solutions will only further the simplicity and efficiency with which our team operates — even as we manage a rapidly scaling cloud environment.”
To learn more about how CloudHealth and ParkMyCloud are empowering customers through this partnership, https://www.cloudhealthtech.com/partners/integration-partners/parkmycloud.
 Gartner, Innovation Insight for Dynamic Optimization Technology for Infrastructure Resources and Cloud Services, Donna Scott and Milind Govekar, Refreshed: 6 February 2017 | Published: 29 February 2016.
About CloudHealth Technologies
CloudHealth, the recognized worldwide leader in the growing Cloud Service Management industry, provides integrated reporting, recommendations and active policy management to help companies control the problems associated with “cloud chaos.” Our comprehensive platform gives enterprise companies and MSPs the ability to visualize, optimize and govern their cloud and hybrid environments. By providing analysis and deep insight into historical trends, capacity planning, resource optimization and resource automation, CloudHealth enables stakeholders ranging from C-level executives to engineers, cloud specialists, architects, IT directors and LOB managers to improve performance and drive value through their cloud ecosystems. Well-known organizations that rely on CloudHealth’s capabilities and expertise include Amtrak, Dow Jones, Acquia, and Sumo Logic, among others. Based in Boston, the company is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, .406 Ventures and Sigma Prime Ventures. For continuous product updates, industry news and engagement, visit us at www.cloudhealthtech.com or follow us @cloudhealthtech.
Lauren Palazzo, Text100 for CloudHealth
ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by automatically reducing resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Foster Moore, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.
Katy Stalcup, ParkMyCloud
Today, we’re excited to bring you SmartParkingTM – automatic, custom on/off schedules for individual resources based on AWS CloudWatch metrics!
ParkMyCloud customers have always appreciated parking recommendations based on keywords found in their instance names and tags – for example, ParkMyCloud recommends that an instance tagged “dev” can be parked, as it’s likely not needed outside of a Monday-Friday workday.
Now, SmartParking will look for patterns in your utilization data from AWS CloudWatch, and create recommend schedules for each instance to turn them off when they are typically idle. This minimizes idle time to maximize savings on your resources.
With SmartParking, you eliminate the extra step of checking in with your colleagues to make sure the schedules you’re putting on their workloads doesn’t interfere with their needs. Now you can receive automatic recommendations to park resources when you know they won’t be used.
SmartParking schedules are provided as recommendations, which you can then click to apply. This release supports SmartParking for AWS resources, with plans to add Azure and Google Cloud SmartParking.
Instance utilization report from AWS CloudWatch data
SmartParking schedule created from instance utilization data
Customize Your Recommendations like your 401K
Different users will have different preferences about what they consider “parkable” times for an instance. So, like your investment portfolios, you can choose to receive SmartParking schedules that are “conservative”, “balanced”, or “aggressive”. And like an investment, a bigger risk comes with the opportunity for a bigger reward.
If you’d like to prioritize the maximum savings amount, then choose aggressive SmartParking schedules. You will park instances – and therefore save money – for the most time, with the “risk” of occasional inconvenience by having something turned off when someone needs it. Your users can always log in to ParkMyCloud and override the schedule with the “snooze button” if they need to use the instance when it’s parked.
On the other hand, if you would like to ensure that your instances are never parked when they might be needed, choose a conservative SmartParking schedule. It will only recommend parked times when the instance is never used. Choose “balanced” for a happy medium.
What People are Saying: Save More, Easier than Ever
Several existing ParkMyCloud customers have previewed the new functionality. “ParkMyCloud has helped my team save so much on our AWS bill already, and SmartParking will make it even easier,” said Tosin Ojediran, DevOps Engineer at a FinTech company. “The automatic schedules will save us time and make sure our instances are never running when they don’t need to be.”
Already a ParkMyCloud user? Log in to your account to try out the new SmartParking. Note that you will need to have AWS CloudWatch metrics enabled for several weeks in order for us to see your usage trends and make recommendations. If you haven’t already, you will need to update your AWS policy.
New to ParkMyCloud? Start a free trial here.
First-of-its-Kind Automation Engine Creates Usage-Based On/Off Schedules for Maximum Savings on Cloud Resources
January 10, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released SmartParkingTM for automated cloud cost optimization. The ParkMyCloud platform helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud customers save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud saves money by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.
Instance Utilization Report – from AWS CloudWatch data
SmartParking Schedule created from Instance Utilization Data
With the new SmartParking release, the ParkMyCloud platform will look for patterns in utilization data from AWS CloudWatch, and create recommend schedules for each instance to turn them off when they are typically idle. This minimizes idle time to maximize savings on cloud resources – saving customers 65% or more.
“No other cloud management vendor is doing this,” said ParkMyCloud CTO Bill Supernor. “This new layer of automation takes cost optimization a step further than most tools go, from visibility to actionable, evidence-based scheduling, for maximized cost savings with minimal employee time needed to manage it.”
Like an investment portfolio, users can choose to receive SmartParking schedules that are “conservative”, “balanced”, or “aggressive” — where conservative schedules protect all historic “on” times, while aggressive schedules prioritize maximum savings.
“ParkMyCloud has helped my team save so much on our AWS bill already, and SmartParking will make it even easier,” said ParkMyCloud customer Tosin Ojediran, DevOps Engineer at a FinTech company. “The automatic schedules will save us time and make sure our instances are never running when they don’t need to be.”
This release supports SmartParking for AWS resources, with near term plans to add Azure and Google Cloud SmartParking support as well.
ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes and automatically reducing resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.
DULLES, VA (Jan. 8, 2018) — Today ParkMyCloud was selected as a winner of the first Channel Influencer Awards by Channel Partners and Channel Futures. The awards recognize the people, technologies, trends and organizations that will shape the channel in 2018.
ParkMyCloud was selected as one of the 25 Orgs to Watch, which names top suppliers, consultancies, distributors and master agents moving the channel forward in 2018, selected by the editors who know these beats inside and out.
The full list of winners is: AT&T, Avant, Avaya, Box, CenturyLink, Comcast Business, Continuum, Cyxtera, Extreme Networks, GE, Ingram Micro, Microsoft Azure, Optiv, ParkMyCloud, Pax8, Rackspace, SaaSMax, Salesforce, Sirius, ScanSource + Intelisys, Sophos, The 20, Velocloud, Verizon, ZeroStack
ParkMyCloud was selected due to its innovation in solving the emerging problem of wasted cloud spend. Billions of dollars are wasted each year on idle cloud servers. By integrating cost control into the DevOps process and automatically turning idle resources off when they’re not being used, ParkMyCloud is helping companies like McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software cut their Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform bills by up to 65%.
Download the digital issue from Channel Partners to learn more about the Channel Influencer Awards.
ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by automatically reducing cloud resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.
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