Give your AWS instances July 4th off.

July 4th! Time to power down and take off. Sun… fun… family… and AWS servers running all weekend.

Wait, what?

That’s right… leaving your non-production instances on wastes hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars a year. Give your servers July 4th off.

The world’s easiest EC2 scheduler: ParkMyCloud.

Zycom Brings ParkMyCloud to Australia to Help Customers Quickly and Easily Optimize AWS Costs

Aussie corporate cloud management firm will utilize automated AWS scheduling app to reduce customers’ AWS spending

Sterling, VA, June 21st, 2016 – ParkMyCloud, the leading automated scheduling and optimization tool for Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced today that Zycom, a Sydney, Australia-based, cloud management firm, will leverage ParkMyCloud to quickly and easily optimize its customers AWS spending.

For Zycom’s customers—like most AWS users—cloud costs are significant and growing, yet difficult to control.  By using ParkMyCloud, a lightweight web app, in just minutes Zycom can easily visualize a customer’s entire AWS usage across multiple accounts and users and schedule automated start/stop times for idle, non-production instances. As a result Zycom’s customers can reduce their AWS bills by up to 60%.

“We’re excited about partnering with Zycom to accelerate ParkMyCloud’s market penetration in Australia,” said Jay Chapel, ParkMyCloud Co-Founder and CEO. “They have quickly embraced how user-friendly our software is and how quickly it can help them control their customers’ AWS spending.”

“As AWS usage continues to explode, one of our priorities is finding innovative ways to help customers track and manage their spending,” said Zoran Gagic, Director of Zycom.  “ParkMyCloud has created a uniquely powerful, yet simple and practical tool to control AWS costs that we believe will greatly benefit our customers.”

About Zycom

Zycom, based in Sydney, Australia, provides corporate cloud and infrastructure products, services and solutions for Australia’s leading organizations. The company has experience with leading enterprise technologies including Amazon, IBM, HP, Oracle, Red Hat, HDS, EMC, Brocade, Netapp, BMC, CA, VMware, Symantec, Microsoft and Cisco. For more information, please visit www.zycom.com.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a simple, single-purpose SaaS tool that enables users to automatically schedule on/off times for their idle cloud computing servers (also known as “parking”). Users save up to 60% on cloud server spend by paying only for the time they actually use to avoid wasted spending. Customers include McDonald\\\’s, Sage Software, Neustar, Avid, Wolters Kluwer and Tristar Medical Group. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

10 Things You Should Know About AWS Cost Optimization | Results from the ParkMyCloud Survey

We asked you: what are your AWS cost optimization priorities? The survey results are in! Here’s what we found.

1. Compute services dominate spend.

Almost half (48%) of the AWS spend reported was on EC2 instances. The service taking the next-biggest share of spend was storage (27%), followed by RDS/database (17%), and other services (8%). Not only are compute services growing, but they also have the tendency to quickly rack up spend.

2. Cloud management platforms are used by fewer than 1 in 8 companies.

Only 12% of respondents report using any sort of cloud management platforms. At first this may seem surprising, given the power that these platforms can have in unifying various cloud services and providing centralized control. However, from our experience, the lack of adoption in these platforms boils down to two things: they are complex, take significant resources to deploy andand are expensive. So perhaps it’s not so surprising after all.

3. Scheduling EC2 start/stop times with scripts is a popular solution, but not as popular as you might think.

We’ve previously discussed the use of home-grown scripts to turn instances off when not being utilized. Some developers like the control that scripting gives them over their AWS compute infrastrucuture  — about 37% reported using scripts to manage and control cost. (By the way… if you enjoy rants, maybe you’ll like this one against scripting. Thanks Dale.)

AWS cost optimization priorities4. Most users are diligent about not paying for unused services…

The most used cost optimization strategy reported is the deletion of unused volumes and snapshots, a best practice that 75% of respondents adhere to. Next up was turning off instances when not used, which 70% of respondents reported doing on a regular basis.

5. … But some have a long way to go.

A full 10% of respondents are using none of the most popular cost optimization strategies. That means no reserved instances, no spot instances, no turning off of instances when not being used, no deletion of unused volumes and snapshots. This group isn’t even right-sizing instances. Yikes!

Friends don’t let friends leave AWS environments untended… so do yourself a favor and start your free trial of ParkMyCloud.  You can have on/off schedules set on your non-production instances within 10 minutes, gaining up to 60% savings on these instances.

aws cost optimization strategies6. Users want to optimize current AWS usage before diving into anything new.

AWS is constantly releasing new products and services (as evidenced by the constant flow of announcements on their blog). However, users rated both reducing monthly spend and optimizing cloud utilization as almost twice as important a priority as utilizing new AWS services.

7. Governance and security are top priorities.

Will governance and security ever not be a priority? Probably not. One third of users rated governance and security as either their first or second priority over the next 12 months.

8. The burden of AWS cost optimization is on the users…

About 93% of respondents reported that Development/Engineer, IT operations, and DevOps are involved in cost reduction and optimization.

9. … but that doesn’t mean execs aren’t involved.

Even so, 25% of users reported that either the CTO or VP of R&D was involved in cost optimization, and 15% said Finance was as well.

10. AWS management presents a range of challenges.

When addressing such a prevalent and sprawling set of services as AWS, it’s not surprising that every organization has their own #1 challenge in AWS. In fact, the variety of these challenges is almost overwhelming:

  • Migration
  • Cost
  • Automation
  • Cloud lock-in
  • Learning new services
  • Governance
  • Educating teams unfamiliar with AWS
  • Scaling up services while maintaining control
  • Management
  • Changing focus from using the cloud for speed to using the cloud for cost control

… and the list goes on.

By the way, here’s who participated.

The survey respondents come from companies of all industries and sizes, ranging from 1-10 employees through 5,000+. They varied in amount of time they’ve been using AWS – 18% are new to AWS (have been using less than 1 year), 50% have been using AWS for 1-3 years, 30% have for 4-7 years, and 2.5% have for more than 7 years.

 

What have you learned about cost optimization in your organization lately?

 

ParkMyCloud Sponsors AWS Chicago Summit

Automated AWS cost optimization tool looks to keep momentum going on heels of enterprise customer wins

Dulles, VA,  April 11th, 2016 – ParkMyCloud, a SaaS tool that helps Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers optimize Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) compute resources to maximize the return on their AWS investment, announced today that the company is sponsoring the AWS Chicago Summit on April 18-19, 2016, at the McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago, IL. Look for ParkMyCloud in booth #330.

Following a number of significant enterprise customer wins, including Sage, Neustar, Avid, Wolters Kluwer, Findly and ZestFinance, ParkMyCloud Co-Founders Jay Chapel (CEO) and Dale Wickizer (CTO) are excited to speak with AWS customers at the event.

“AWS re:Invent 2015 gave ParkMyCloud a huge burst of momentum right out of the gate,” said Chapel. “We not only gained great market traction, we also got tremendous validation and feedback on our initial product – which we’ve already enhanced based on additional customer insights.”

Avid, a global audio and video technology company, is using ParkMyCloud to reduce its annual AWS spending by $55,000, according to Satnam Bains, Avid’s Global Director of Infrastructure Services. “Once our teams understand the AWS charging model of compute by the hour, they recognize the need to park instances and engage,” said Bains. “Costs are attached to every hour. Then, the metaphorical penny drops.”

Download the full ParkMyCloud / Avid case study at http://www.parkmycloud.com/download-avid-case-study.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a simple, single-purpose SaaS tool that enables users to automatically schedule on/off times for their idle cloud computing servers (also known as “parking”). Users save up to 60% on cloud server spend by paying only for the time they actually use to avoid wasted spending. Customers include McDonald\\\’s, Sage Software, Neustar, Avid, Wolters Kluwer and Tristar Medical Group. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

90 Seconds to Parking: The ParkMyCloud Quick Start Guide to AWS Savings

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 https://console.parkmycloud.com/#/register/ and input your information to create an account:

sign-up

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:

downloadreport

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