Interview: Atlassian Bamboo Automation + ParkMyCloud for AWS Cost Savings

Interview: Atlassian Bamboo Automation + ParkMyCloud for AWS Cost Savings

We talked with Travis Rehl, Director of Application and Engineering at Siteworx, about how his team is using ParkMyCloud in conjunction with Atlassian Bamboo automation in order to improve governance and optimize their AWS cloud infrastructure. Below is a transcript of our conversation.

Can you start by telling us about SiteWorx and what you guys do?

Sure, so Siteworx is a company that does digital transformations for clients, and my particular piece of it is Managed Services Hosting. We host ecommerce and content management systems for clients, generally Fortune 500 Companies or larger. We host specific products in AWS, and we’re moving into Azure as well.

What is your role in the company?

I am the Director of Application and Engineering here at Siteworx. I run the Siteworx services group which includes our hosting department as well as our application development team which supports our “run” phase of an engagement with a client.

Who in your organization is using ParkMyCloud?

We are currently using it for our Siteworx internal infrastructure, both EC2 and RDS, but I have some ideas to add it as a part of our managed services offering.

In the app we have maybe 5 or 6 users. They are team leads or engineering managers who have identified the scheduling that is appropriate for those particular instances and AWS accounts. This gives them the ability to group different servers together by environment levels for different clients.  One person from our finance team has access to it for billing and reporting.

My team in particular that is using ParkMyCloud is our engineering and operations group. There are two different teams who are the main ParkMyCloud users: our Operations team is 24/7, our Engineering team is generally 9-5 Eastern. They use ParkMyCloud to reduce costs, and have implemented it in such a way that will give the ability for our Development teams to turn servers back on as needed. If they have a project or demo that is occurring at an off hour, they are able to hit a button through our automation system — we’re using Atlassian Bamboo automation — to turn on the servers and utilize them.

Can you tell us more about that Atlassian Bamboo automation system?

If a team member wants to deploy code to a server during off hours, they will have a button within Bamboo to press to turn the server on via the ParkMyCloud API. Then they can hit a second set of buttons to send their code changes out to it. We utilize the calendar “snooze” function that PMC offers.

What were you looking for when you found ParkMyCloud?

I was looking for a technology that would allow us to optimize and automate our AWS cloud management. Internally, we have an agenda of trying to branch out to as many cloud platforms as necessary. So I was looking into many different services that manage your cloud-based servers and are compatible with different providers. That is when ParkMyCloud was suggested to me by a friend. We started a free trial, and got in touch with you all.

I am all in on ParkMyCloud, and I think we have a lot of use for it and down the road we plan to work with our clients to incorporate into our service offering.

Do you have any other cost control measures in place for AWS?

We evaluate server performance using Trusted Advisor in AWS or other services that say that you could scale down. The issue with those other services is that they are sometimes inaccurate because they use average CPU usage that does not take into account server down time. We try to evaluate and scale down as necessary based on the CPU usage when it is active.

How did the evaluation with ParkMyCloud go?

After we did some initial research on ParkMyCloud and other tools, we got in touch with PMC, started a free trial, did a demo, and a few questions we needed clarified – the entire process took just a couple weeks. The platform is entirely self service, and the ROI is immediate and verifiable.

ParkMyCloud Releases Parking to Automate AWS RDS Cost Savings

ParkMyCloud Releases Parking to Automate AWS RDS Cost Savings

Amazon Web Services Customers Can Now Schedule Stop/Start for AWS RDS Instances with ParkMyCloud’s Automated Cost Savings Platform

June 20, 2017 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continous cost control in public cloud, today announced that it now offers “parking” for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Service (RDS) instances. With parking, users can automatically put resources on on/off schedules, so they only pay for the hours they’re actually using. This is the first parking feature on the market that’s fully integrated with AWS’s recently launched RDS start/stop capability.

RDS is the area of biggest of cloud spend after compute, accounting for about 15-20% of an average user’s bill. In fact, the savings users can enjoy from parking RDS will be significant. On average, ParkMyCloud users save $140 per parked instance per month on compute – and as RDS instances cost significantly more per hour, the savings will be proportionally higher.

“Adding the ability to ‘park’ RDS is a great enhancement to ParkMyCloud’s platform which already helps us reduce our monthly AWS EC2 spend. It’s actually a feature we’ve asked for, so we appreciate how quickly they were able to get this out the door,” said Greg Austin, Global IT DevOps Automation Manager at RateMyAgent.

“Our customers made it clear they wanted RDS parking, and we’re happy to deliver it after working with AWS on the integration,” said ParkMyCloud CEO Jay Chapel. “We’re focused on continuing to build the best cloud cost control platform in the market, so when our customers speak, we listen.”

In addition to AWS, ParkMyCloud also supports Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. As with the RDS Parking enhancement, ParkMyCloud will be adding automated cost savings functionality for services beyond compute across all three providers.

About ParkMyCloud

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, Fox and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

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ParkMyCloud Adds Google Cloud Platform to Automated Cost Savings Tool

ParkMyCloud Adds Google Cloud Platform to Automated Cost Savings Tool

Customers to Realize Billions of Dollars in Reduced Cloud Spend and Waste Through Continuous Cost Control

June 6, 2017 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise app for optimizing and reducing cloud spend, today announced that it now supports auto-scheduling for Google Cloud Platform in addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. ParkMyCloud launched its “Nest for the cloud” platform in September 2015 to enable public cloud users to automatically turn off idle instances, saving 20-60% on their cloud bills every month. The company has seen rapid customer growth, and customers include companies such as McDonald’s, Fox, Capital One, Sage Software, and Wolters Kluwer.

With the addition of Google Cloud Platform, ParkMyCloud now provides continuous cost control for the three largest cloud providers in the $23 billion public cloud market. This means ParkMyCloud enables enterprises to eliminate wasted cloud spend – a $6 billion problem in 2017 (with the growing public cloud market, that’s a $17 billion problem by 2020).

451 Research Vice President William Fellows said of the announcement, “ParkMyCloud is the first vendor in the single-purpose cost control space to support all three major public cloud providers, which is great news for Azure and Google Cloud users. As companies mature in their use of public cloud and Google’s cloud becomes more relevant, cost control becomes even more of a priority.”

“Google has made enterprises a priority target for their cloud offering this year, so we knew it was imperative that we support these users as quickly as possible,” said ParkMyCloud CEO Jay Chapel. “We’ve helped Fortune 500 and multinational corporations achieve millions in savings on AWS and Azure, and we’re looking forward to doing the same for users of Google Cloud Platform.”

Tosin Ojediran, a DevOps engineer at a financial technology company, explains how the savings and immediate usability of ParkMyCloud made a difference for his organization, saying, “We sent the savings numbers to our CFO, and he said, ‘wow, this is awesome.’ ParkMyCloud was up and running in 5-10 minutes, it was easy to integrate, easy to use, and delivers what it promises.”

With the major milestone of Google Cloud Platform support achieved, ParkMyCloud plans to broaden its offerings within each cloud provider by adding cost-savings functionality for services beyond compute, while continuing to provide innovative features that allow customers to integrate continuous cost control seamlessly into their DevOps processes.

About ParkMyCloud

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, Fox and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

Riding Wave of Rapid Growth, ParkMyCloud to Pitch at Collision Conference 2017

Riding Wave of Rapid Growth, ParkMyCloud to Pitch at Collision Conference 2017

collision conference 2017April 26, 2017 (Dulles, VA) — ParkMyCloud, the platform that helps enterprises optimize public cloud spend, will be pitching at Collision Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana next week in the midst of a period of rapid growth for the company.

ParkMyCloud’s customer base has grown by 50% already in 2017, following a successful first full year in 2016. Customers cross verticals and range in size from startups through Fortune 500 companies, and include McDonald’s, Fox, Capital One, Sage, Wolters Kluwer, Neustar, Philips Respironics, and Raytheon.

Customer use of ParkMyCloud’s platform has also been a success. Customers routinely save 65% or more using ParkMyCloud, and the amount of cumulative savings accelerates every day as new users come on board.

While customers benefit from ParkMyCloud’s automated savings, the team has been busy enhancing the platform. Most notably, in January, ParkMyCloud announced support for Microsoft Azure, in addition to Amazon Web Services, which has been supported since September 2015.

Additionally, customers can now log in to ParkMyCloud and add new users in their organizations using Single Sign-On (SSO) providers, including: Google Apps, Ping, Okta, Azure Active Directory, and OneLogin. A recently launched free tier allows users to use ParkMyCloud’s core scheduling functionality for free, forever – enabling developers to free up the time they may have otherwise spent scripting in-house solutions to schedule off time for their instances.

The success has not gone unnoticed outside of the company. ParkMyCloud was voted through to the Final 4 of the DC Inno Tech Madness competition in March. The company was also selected as a finalist in the 2017 Greater Washington Innovation Awards for Emerging Tech Innovator of the Year. ParkMyCloud is routinely mentioned by industry pundits 451 Research, EMA, CRN and Cloud Computing Magazine as a rising star in cloud cost optimization.

Through the rest of 2017, ParkMyCloud looks to continue advancing the platform functionality with more cost optimization functionality , including support for Google Cloud Platform and optimization options for databases and storage. This poises ParkMyCloud for exponential growth over the next several years.

About ParkMyCloud

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, Fox, Sage Software, and Infor dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

New ParkMyCloud Plan Brings Free Cloud Cost Optimization to All

free cloud cost optimizationApril 18, 2017 (Sterling, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize public cloud spend, has announced a new pricing model, including the core cost savings functionality available in a free plan. The free cloud cost optimization plan was created to enable developers and DevOps practitioners to save money on non-production resources that are not being used nights and weekends. Currently, these practitioners are using homegrown scheduling scripts, which although they are “notionally free”, are actually are a suboptimal approach and require valuable in-house resources to develop and maintain.

ParkMyCloud is taking this burden off the shoulders of developers by offering its core automated instance scheduling functionality to all users, with or without a paid subscription. The account setup process typically takes customers less than 15 minutes. Then users can quickly create automated scheduling policies, so that their non-production resources, such as development, staging, test, and QA, are turned off when they are not needed, such as nights and weekends. A schedule that runs these instances during an 8-hour workday, 5 days a week, and “parks” them the rest of the week, saves 65% of the cost of the instance – all with minimal setup and maintenance time required.

In the new pricing structure, advanced features such as SSO, multi-cloud support, API, audit logs, and reporting will require subscription to a paid tier. The premium features have been added to support companies who are scaling in the public cloud or who need higher levels of governance or security.

The new model gives all new users access to a 14-day trial that allows them to experience all of the premium features. At the end of those 14 days, users can choose to subscribe to the plan that meets their needs.

Customer feedback has been positive regarding the ease of use and savings achieved. “ParkMyCloud has been great for us to reduce AWS costs,” said DevOps Engineer Tosin Ojediran. “We’re better staying within budget now. ParkMyCloud actually really exceeded my expectations. We sent the savings numbers to our CTO, and he said, ‘wow, this is awesome.’ It’s easy to use, it does what it’s supposed to use.”

About ParkMyCloud

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, Fox, Sage Software, and Infor dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.