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.

ParkMyCloud Invited to Present at TechBuzz Spring

Fast-growing cloud management firm is helping early customers like Neustar, Sage Software and Avid save thousands on their AWS bills

Dulles, VA, March 23rd, 2016 – ParkMyCloud, the company that built the first programmable on/off switch for idle AWS instances, today announced that it has been selected to present at TechBUZZ Spring. Since TechBuzz was launched in 2011, presenting companies have received more than $357M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.

ParkMyCloud is one of 16 handpicked companies that will share their company demo and fund-raising pitch on April 6th at PNC Place, the largest LEED Platinum building in Washington, DC.

“One of the most significant milestones for innovative new companies is the validation that comes when they secure genuine customers willing to pay for their product or service,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA and founder of nationally recognized TechBUZZ, “and ParkMyCloud is doing just that, having secured a number of globally recognized customers.  We look forward to welcoming them to the TechBUZZ stage this spring as one of the companies competitively selected to present.”

“Presenting at TechBuzz is truly a milestone in our development,” said ParkMyCloud CEO and Co-Founder Jay Chapel. “The program has gained a top notch reputation as a venue for high-traction companies like ours to plug into the investment and tech landscape.”

About TechBuzz and MAVA
TechBUZZ is one of MAVA’s annual flagship programs and routinely attracts more than 1000 attendees each year at one of three different pitch events held throughout the year.  MAVA is dedicated to fostering excellence in entrepreneurship by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region, and beyond, who are actively pursuing a path toward market entry and have customer validation.

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.

The AWS Cost-Reduction Roadshow: ParkMyCloud Spring 2016 Events

At ParkMyCloud, we’re always working on AWS cost-reduction strategies for our customers. We want to bring the cost savings to you… so we’re going on the road!

We’ve got a full schedule of events lined up for this spring. Check it out, and see if we’ll be near you:

we're bringing AWS cost-reduction to the AWS Summit Chicago!Chicago AWS Meetup

Chicago, IL

March 22, 2016

We’re sponsoring next Tuesday’s edition of the Chicago AWS meetup. The topic will be Lambda functions and serverless architectures, including presentations on “The Serverless Framework in Action” and “Lambda-fying a Legacy Webapp.” If you’re in the Chicago area and like free pizza and beer, come on out:

RSVP Here

MAVA TechBuzz Spring 2016

Washington, DC

April 6, 2016

ParkMyCloud will be participating in this spring’s celebration of startups with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA). The TechBuzz event highlights up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic, and attendees include entrepreneurs, investors, tech firms, and others interested in the region’s technology. Learn more here:

Learn More

Chicago AWS Summit

Chicago, IL

April 18-19, 2016

ParkMyCloud is one of the sponsors of the Chicago AWS Summit.  Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. This free event is designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform, and offer existing customers information on architecture best practices and new services. Come early to hear an exciting keynote with updates on AWS solutions, great customer stories and attend the afternoon breakout sessions covering hot topics like new services, architecture, performance, and operations. If you’re interested, please see more information:

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NY TechDay

New York, NY

April 21, 2016

A few days after meeting with AWS users in Chicago, ParkMyCloud will head to New York for NY TechDay, the largest assembly of the tech community under one roof.  2016 marks the 5th anniversary of NY TechDay! Attendance is free, so if you’re in the area, come on out:

Learn More & RSVP

Triangle TechBreakfast

Raleigh, NC

5/19/2016

In May we’ll head to the Research Triangle area for Techbreakfast. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations. Attendance is free (and includes breakfast!), so check it out:

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Baltimore TechBreakfast

Baltimore, MD

5/25/2016

Next up is another TechBreakfast. This time, we’ll be demo’ing ParkMyCloud in Baltimore. Again, you get breakfast and it’s free! We would love to see you there:

RSVP

NYC TechBreakfast

New York, NY

6/14/2016

For our third TechBreakfast, we’ll head to New York City in June. This free event will be held at the Microsoft building in Times Square. Check it out below:

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Will you be attending any of these events? Are we missing your city on the AWS cost-reduction roadshow? We’d love to hear from you, so drop a comment in the box below!

ParkMyCloud Launches Features to Support Multiple Users Across Multiple AWS Accounts

AWS customers of all sizes can now manage up to tens of thousands of instances across hundreds of users and AWS Accounts

Dulles, VA , March 15th, 2016 – Responding to significant demand from Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers, ParkMyCloud, the first programmable on/off switch for idle AWS instances, today announced that its accounts now support multiple users and multiple AWS accounts.

Enterprises including Sage, Neustar, Avid, Wolters Kluwer, Findly and ZestFinance use ParkMyCloud to significantly reduce their AWS EC2 spending by automatically turning off non-production instances when they are not needed – such as 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. or on weekends.

With the new multi-user, multi-account features, customers can set up ParkMyCloud to mirror their internal structures and processes by:

  • Creating teams, and adding Team Leads and Team Members to their accounts.
  • Adding multiple AWS accounts to a single ParkMyCloud account.
  • Constraining users in one team from seeing another team’s AWS instances.
  • Seeing a single view of all of an organization’s teams and linked AWS accounts.

“IT operations and infrastructure organizations of any size and configuration can now use ParkMyCloud to ‘park’ all of their idle AWS instances,” said ParkMyCloud Chief Technology Officer, Dale Wickizer, “making it even easier to reduce AWS spending.”

“What attracted me to ParkMyCloud was the simplicity of the solution they provide,” said John Neale, Senior Software Engineer at 4Impact. “We had been on the lookout for a product to manage our development servers for sometime and so, with the addition of the multi-user/multi-account features, ParkMyCloud gave us the ability to centrally govern our usage across all of our teams and AWS accounts, thus reducing our AWS EC2 spending and administration time.”

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.