Starting your 30-day free trial of ParkMyCloud is quick and easy, and you’ll start accumulating AWS savings in no time.

To guide you through the steps, we’ve put together a short video series. Let’s get started!

0. Create Your Account

We’ll call “create your account” step 0, since all you have to do is fill out the form fields – no video for this step! Simply go to and input your information to create an account:


1. Connect to your AWS account

Once your ParkMyCloud account is created, you need to connect to your AWS account to bring in your instances. Watch the video below to learn how to connect to AWS using an IAM user credential:


2) Park your non-production EC2 instances

It’s time for the fun part! By now, you should see your AWS instances in your ParkMyCloud console. It’s time to apply some parking schedules to your non-production EC2 instances, so they will automatically turn off when not in use for AWS savings.

Watch the video 90 Seconds to Parking below to learn how:

If you’re not sure which instances to park, check out your parking recommendations. ParkMyCloud recommends instances that may be eligible to be parked based on keywords like dev, test, staging, and sandbox found in the instance’s name or tags. Learn how to find out which of your instances are “parkable”, and how you can update the keywords to match your environment, in the video below:


3) Connect to additional AWS Accounts

If your organization has multiple AWS accounts, you can manage all of them in a single ParkMyCloud account. Watch the video below to see how to add new accounts with AWS credentials:

4) Create teams and add new users

Now that all your instances are ingested, it’s time to add new users at your organization.

First, watch the video below to learn what permissions are designated for each user role:

Then, start adding new users at your organization, who you can organize into teams. Watch the following video to see how to add new users and teams:

5) Snooze your schedules

Lastly, let’s look at one more feature to help your team work smoothly with the “snooze button”. Snoozing a parking schedule allows you to keep an instance running when it was scheduled to be parked, so, for example, you can work outside of normal hours:

BONUS: Download your savings report

Once you’ve let your parking schedules run for a few days, download your savings report and show your boss how much you’re saving by parking your instances:


Now you should be up and running! You can always contact us if you have questions at any time.

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.