The purpose of this article is to provide advice about how to choose the best AWS Instance types for costs savings. In this article, I introduce you to the concept of Parked Instances (briefly introduced here) and how this new state might affect your choice of AWS instance types, or more properly, purchasing options, such as On-Demand Instances,Reserved Instances and Spot Instances.
Since the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006, its adoption and growth has been meteoric. It has grown from about 180,000 developers using the service in 2007, to well over a 1 million customers today, many running mission critical production workloads.
Every Friday, Bob goes to work and leaves his home air conditioning on full blast – even though no one’s there. He arrives at the office, parks his car and leaves the engine running all day. When Bob goes to the restroom, he washes his hands and leaves the tap water on as he whistles his way back to his cubicle.
Then at 6 p.m. on Fridays, Bob performs what is perhaps his most egregious and wanton act of carelessness and waste: When he leaves the office for the weekend, he keeps all of his company’s AWS instances blazing away, even though no one’s using them.
It has been quite a rush over the last few months. From when we closed our initial funding round in July to launching ParkMyCloud last Tuesday, we only had 71 days to develop an initial product, beta test it, revise and (mostly) perfect it for general availability.
This process wouldn’t have gone as well as it did without the active and value-added participation of our beta testers. All of them were extremely generous with their time. Their perspective was critical in our understanding of what the market needs, and drove our decisions on what features to add and what user experience was the easiest.
Back when I was a teenager (just shortly after the earth cooled), the term “parking” meant something a lot different than just finding a temporary spot for your automobile. It means something different in the context of public cloud computing, too. While not as exhilarating as the previous context, “parking” cloud resources can be quite rewarding.
Anyone who has used Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances is familiar with their various instance “states”: running (on), stopped (shut down), rebooted (restarted) and terminated (destroyed).
We created ParkMyCloud to do one simple thing very easily: enable AWS EC2 users to reduce their spending by automatically scheduling on and off times for instances when they are not being used. We call it “parking.” (more…)