Wasteful Bob realizes, “’Tis the season to turn off our AWS EC2 instances.”

thanksgivingLoyal readers may recall that when we last left Wasteful Bob, as part of his transformation from being careless and wasteful to efficient and prudent, he was about to attend a webinar titled, “5 Ways to Reduce Your AWS Spending.”

The webinar (which you can view here) turned out to be helpful; Bob came away with a better understanding of the various (and confusing) AWS cost management options – Reserved Instances, Spot Instances, Autoscaling Groups. And he got more info something new called “parking,” from a clever company he met at AWS re:Invent called ParkMyCloud.

Bob was now looking forward to the Thanksgiving break…a four-day stretch away from work during which his only task was to monitor Slack a couple times a day. If an issue popped up, hopefully he could solve it remotely without having to trek into the office. The development team was off as well, so all should be quiet. Yup, for Bob, Thursday through Sunday was going to be about turkey, fixin’s, football–and a few well-timed, hibernation-style naps.

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Wasteful Bob Finally Finds a Useful Technology Webinar

Who is Wasteful Bob? He’s the IT infrastructure guy who leaves his home AC blasting away while he’s at work, his car running all night, and the water on in the bathroom after he leaves. Bob was also squandering thousands of dollars a month at work because there was no easy way to automatically turn off his non-production AWS instances when they’re not being used by his company’s developers and testers.

Loyal readers may recall that when we last left Wasteful Bob, he had just had a huge awakening at AWS re:Invent. That’s where he discovered ParkMyCloud, an application that allows AWS customers to turn off non-production instances when they’re not in use – such as midnight to 7:00 a.m. or during weekends.

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What is AWS SneakerNet? And What Happens When It Becomes Self-Aware!

aws sneakernetFrom our product launch to serving our first customers to developing new features, this fall has been super busy here at ParkMyCloud. Keeping up with the latest AWS news, upgrades and developments is going to be key to our ability to serve you, our clients.

However, when we read the title of 451 Research’s new report, “AWS packages ‘sneaker net’ – Prime two-day free shipping not included” by Peter Christy and Henry Baltazar, we clicked on the link with a little more enthusiasm than normal.

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ParkMyCloud at AWS re:Invent – “It’s About Damn Time!”

the parkmycloud team at aws reinvent 2015The ParkMyCloud team is back at HQ in Northern Virginia after a great AWS re:Invent 2015 conference last week in Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and mentioned our email!

We had a lot of great conversations at the booth, where everyone seemed to immediately “get”  ParkMyCloud and its value  –  the ability to schedule on/off times for EC2 instances to save time and money  –  almost instantly. We heard feedback like:

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Bob finds a programmable “light switch” for AWS – at AWS re:Invent of all places

When last we left Bob – the wasteful and careless IT infrastructure guy who leaves his home AC blasting away while he’s at work, his car running all night, and the water on in the bathroom after he leaves – he was squandering thousands of dollars a month because there was no easy way to automatically turn off his non-production AWS instances when they’re not being used by his company’s developers and testers.

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