As we wrap up 2018, we’ve taken a moment to reflect back on the best cloud blogs of 2018 – at least, the best posts on our own blog. We’ve created two categories for comparison: the Readers’ Choice – those you all have viewed the most – and our own favorite posts.
These were the top 5 most viewed posts on the ParkMyCloud blog this year, and have been widely read and circulated:
EC2 Instance Types Comparison (and how to remember them). AWS offers a range of EC2 instance types optimized for various purposes – which are a great resource, but can be overwhelming for beginners. This blog contains both an at-a-glance comparison table, as well as a video overview.
How to Use Google Preemptible VMs to Get 80% Savings. Google Cloud’s Preemptible VM option offers a significant discount on the price of compute, as long as you’re willing to use VMs that will run for 24 hours or less. Here are a few use cases and a brief guide to get started.
While not the most viewed posts on the blog, these posts are all great reads that look at various aspects of cloud services and costs. In no particular order:
$12.9 Billion in wasted cloud spend this year. Wasted cloud spend is a huge drain on organizational resources – and one that is mostly preventable. This post looks at the causes of that waste. Expect an updated version of this analysis for 2019!
7 Ways Cloud Services Pricing is Confusing. If you’ve ever been confused by the bill or pricing charts you’ve seen from cloud service providers, you’re not alone. From terminology to visibility, there are a lot of factors that make the question “what will this cost me?” more complicated than it seems on the surface.
Do Google Sustained Use Discounts Really Save You Money? The idea of the Sustained Use discount is that the longer you run a VM instance in any given month, the bigger discount you will get from the list price. We ran some analyses to show whether they save you money – and how much they save compared to other operating options.
10,000 Years of Data Says Your Server Sizing is Wrong. As ParkMyCloud expands our cost optimization focus to include rightsizing, we have been working on some reports to see how big of a problem “wrong” sizing actually is. As it turns out, it’s a pretty big problem.
Thanks for making ParkMyCloud one of your own favorites for best cloud blogs in 2018! What type of content would you like to see more of in 2019? Let us know in the comments below!
ParkMyCloud’s SaaS Offering Available on AWS Marketplace, Providing Easy Adoption for AWS Customers
December 18, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, provider of a leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in the cloud, announced today that it is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. This allows AWS customers to purchase ParkMyCloud directly on AWS Marketplace, making it easier for enterprises to automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend.
Identifying the need to have their services leverage AWS to meet customer demand, ParkMyCloud partnered with Tackle.io to get their listing up and running in less than 4 weeks. ParkMyCloud subscription purchases made on AWS Marketplace will be integrated into a customer’s AWS account and monthly bill for simplified purchasing processes. AWS customers who are enrolled in AWS Enterprise Contracts can purchase ParkMyCloud using pre-approved enterprise licensing terms to simplify and streamline procurement.
“Here at ParkMyCloud, we’re all about providing automation and simplification to our customers,” said ParkMyCloud CEO Jay Chapel. “Streamlining the purchasing process for our customers by extending our SaaS offering through AWS Marketplace is a no brainer.”
This announcement builds on an existing relationship between AWS and ParkMyCloud. ParkMyCloud is an Advanced Technology Partners in the AWS Partner Network (APN), and more than 600 AWS customers worldwide use ParkMyCloud to automatically optimize cloud costs.
ParkMyCloud provides an easy-to-use platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend. More than 800 enterprises around the world – including Sysco, Workfront, Hitachi ID Systems, Sage Software, and National Geographic – trust ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spend by millions of dollars annually. ParkMyCloud’s SaaS offering allows enterprises to easily manage, govern, and optimize their spend across multiple public clouds. For more information, visit https://www.parkmycloud.com.
The ParkMyCloud team is back from a successful AWS re:Invent 2018! It was a busy week for all of us. There was a crowd – more than 50,000 attendees. There was a Skrillex concert. And of course, there was buzz. A few AWS announcements that caught our interest include AWS Outposts, Amazon Timestream, and AWS Lambda Custom Runtimes – but more on our favorites in a later post.
As for ParkMyCloud, we released our new rightsizing functionality and got lots of great feedback.
We also met lots of great people at the booth in the expo hall – prospective ParkMyCloud users, existing and future partners, AWS employees, and of course, our customers! As a SaaS company, events like AWS re:Invent are one of the few times each year that we get to meet our customers in person, and we always have great conversations and learn from their feedback. We asked a few ParkMyCloud customers to tell us what they would tell a prospective user about the platform – here’s what they said.
TJ Victor, Incentive Technology Group
TJ Victor, Linux Systems Administrator at Incentive Technology Group (ITG), has been using ParkMyCloud for four months. Upon seeing a demo of ParkMyCloud, ITG immediately saw the value – “we were pretty much hooked then.”
They implemented ParkMyCloud on one of their biggest projects, and TJ has been convincing managers to implement it for any project that uses EC2 instances. They’ve saved at least $15,000, but TJ notes that that’s in a small environment, and the more instances you have, the more you’ll save.
TJ says, “It’s a wonderful product, I can’t recommend it highly enough, and you make your money back in like a day. It’s seriously that good.”
He adds, “it’s really a no-brainer to use ParkMyCloud.”
Greg Cockburn, Bulletproof
Greg Cockburn is the Chief Cloud Officer at Australian Managed Services Provider Bulletproof. His team found out about ParkMyCloud via our partnership with CloudHealth Technologies, which Bulletproof already used to provide cloud visibility and governance to their customers. They immediately saw value in the platform, and had customers signed up within one day of partnering with ParkMyCloud.
Greg says, “it’s so simple. The interface is really really simple to get up and running. We’ve been able to onboard about three or four customers now, it’s fantastic.”
Greg also appreciates ParkMyCloud’s timely response and support.
Neil Groat, Dealer-FX
Neil Groat is a Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Dealer-FX, based in Toronto, Canada.
Dealer-FX has been using ParkMyCloud since 2016 to schedule resources to turn off when they’re not needed, which saves them “easily” more than $10,000 per month.
Neil says, “It’s wonderfully easy to just group a number of resources together based on tags, naming, and other conditions. And building the schedules to take care of it for you. The ease of use of the platform is what I like most about ParkMyCloud.”
Thank You for a Successful AWS re:Invent 2018
To everyone we met at AWS re:Invent 2018, thanks for stopping by. To our customers, thanks for your feedback (and if you’d like to give a virtual testimonial in exchange for a hoodie, just email me!) And to AWS, thank you for another great event.
The ParkMyCloud Team at the booth
Five lucky winners of the scratch & win game at the ParkMyCloud booth
Andy shows off the PMC wares
We spotted Lacework’s t-shirts and discovered great minds think alike
Chris and Bill with Corey Quinn of Last Week in AWS
ParkMyCloud CEO Jay Chapel, CloudHealth CEO Tom Axbey, and Eric Beller of CloudHealth enjoying a happy hour
Katy and Bill racing in the Office Chair Grand Prix at re:Play
We had a great time at re:Invent 2018! Thanks AWS!
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been pumping out announcements in the lead up to their AWS re:Invent conference next week – which is predicted to exceed 50,000 attendees this year. (See you there?) We’re excited to see what big news the cloud giant has for us next week!
In the meantime, here are three AWS announcements from the last few days that will interest anyone who’s concerned with cloud costs.
Predictive Scaling for EC2
AWS’s new predictive scaling for EC2 is a new and improved way to use Auto Scaling to optimize costs. Typically when you set up an Auto Scaling Group, you need to set scaling policies, such as rules for launching instances based on changes in capacity. Given the complexity of these requirements, some users we’ve talked to forgo them altogether, instead using Auto Scaling simply for instance health checks and replacements.
With predictive scaling for EC2, there is very little the user needs to set up. You will simply set up the group, and machine learning models will analyze daily and weekly scaling patterns to predictively scale. You’ll have choices to optimize for availability, or optimize for cost – making it easy to use Auto Scaling to save money. Of course, sometimes you’ll know better than the machine – for example, development and test instances may require on/off or scale-up/scale-down schedules based on when users need them, which won’t always be consistent. For that, use ParkMyCloud to schedule auto scaling groups to turn off or change scaling when you know they will have little or no utilization.
AWS Cost Explorer Forecasting
AWS has announced an improved forecasting engine for the AWS Cost Explorer. It now breaks down historical data based on charge type – distinguishing between On Demand and Reserved Instance charges – and applies machine learning to predict future spend.
They have extended the prediction range from three months to twelve months, which will certainly be of use for budget forecasting. It’s also accessible via the API – we see this being used to show budget predictions on team dashboards in your office, among other applications.
CloudWatch Automatic Dashboards
The third announcement from this week that we’re looking forward to using ourselves here at ParkMyCloud is the new series of CloudWatch Automatic Dashboards. This will make it remarkably easier to navigate through your CloudWatch metrics and monitor costs and performance, and help potential issues break through the noise.
Now, play around with AWS’s new predictive scaling for EC2, then take some time to relax.
Happy Thanksgiving! (And to our non-U.S. readers, enjoy your Thursday!)
Cloud cost optimization leader adds new method to address cloud waste to improve cloud users’ efficiency
November 21, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, provider of the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that its cost optimization platform has now expanded to provide “rightsizing”. Rightsizing is a way to reduce wasted cloud spend by resizing cloud resources, and can provide significant savings: just by moving a virtual machine down one size tier, 50% or more — and resources are often so overprovisioned that multiple size transitions are possible, raising that savings to 75% or more.
This joins ParkMyCloud’s “parking” functionality, which automatically schedules non-production cloud resources, such as those used for development, testing, staging, and QA, to turn off when they’re not needed. With a typical schedule that parks a resource for 12 hours each night and on weekends, users can save 65% of the cost of their resources. Combined with rightsizing, this means that an average cloud user is poised to reduce overall costs in their cloud environment from 50-80% or more.
This release marks the first step to a fully automated instance “SmartSizing”, which ParkMyCloud will release in January 2019. SmartSizing will take rightsizing a step further by actually automating size corrections, requiring little management on the part of the user.
“With each release of the ParkMyCloud platform, we’re delivering customers another piece of the puzzle they need to fully automate multi-cloud cost optimization,” said Bill Supernor, ParkMyCloud’s Chief Technology Officer. “We developed rightsizing in close contact with customers based on their needs, and initial feedback has been positive.”
ParkMyCloud will demo the new functionality at AWS re:Invent, November 26th through November 29th, and invites attendees to visit the company in the expo hall at booth #1709.
ParkMyCloud provides an easy-to-use platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend. More than 800 enterprises around the world – including Unilever, Sysco, Hitachi ID Systems, Sage Software, and National Geographic – trust ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spend by millions of dollars annually. ParkMyCloud’s SaaS offering allows enterprises to easily manage, govern, and optimize their spend across multiple public clouds. For more information, visit www.parkmycloud.com.