Today, if you can believe it, ParkMyCloud is 5 years old. Our company anniversary is always a good opportunity to take a step back and see where we’ve been and take a look ahead.
A lot has changed in the past 5 years. In 2015, “public cloud” was practically synonymous with “AWS” – and the size of the entire IaaS market was $11 billion. In 2020, we estimate that more than that amount will be spent – and wasted – on idle resources alone, with IaaS revenue of about $50 billion. Azure and Google have become preferred options for many enterprises. While AWS still dominates, it’s at a mere 32% of the market compared with 70% in 2015. Services we use every day, like Fargate and Kubernetes, didn’t exist 5 years ago.
And yet, a lot has stayed the same. Public cloud is still growing. Cost optimization is still a concern – in fact, the top initiative for most cloud users.
So perhaps it’s not surprising that not too much has changed from the original mission statement we set out to achieve: simplifying cloud cost reduction. In fact, this all still rings true (except, of course, expanding beyond compute):
“We decided to take on the biggest challenge enterprises of any size face in using cloud services – controlling an ever-growing bill. But we wanted to do it in a simple, elegant, and cost-effective way, so customers could be up and running within 15 minutes, reducing their cloud computing services spending by the next day and achieving payback in less than one month.”
In pursuit of that goal, we’ve hit some exciting milestones this year – from more than $50 million saved on public cloud by our customers to being rated #1 in user satisfaction among cloud cost management platforms. We have been united with Turbonomic for a full year, and continue to onboard new customers, continually finding opportunities to optimize cloud costs through scheduling, rightsizing, and more on compute, databases, storage, and containers.
First and foremost we want to thank our amazing customers. These include a number who joined us a couple of weeks after launching and have been with us throughout. Others came aboard at different times during the last five-years and to all we are truly grateful. We have been provided with constant feedback and whenever we have reached out for support or advice on new feature development we have been provided with wonderful advice.
Of course, anyone who knows me knows we won’t linger on celebration when there’s more to look forward to. We have plenty of news coming down the pipe. We’ll continue to add optimization support for more IaaS and PaaS services across all three of the major cloud providers. We’ll have new integrations to announce to streamline our customers’ end-to-end public cloud optimization journey. And, we’re always striving to improve our user experience and make ParkMyCloud as easy to use for you and your team as possible. If you have suggestions – we’re all ears. It’s all about the ROI!
So, happy 5th birthday, ParkMyCloud. The journey to cloud optimization continues.
Additional First-Place Rankings Achieved in Implementation, Relationship, and Usability Indexes
June 23, 2020 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, provider of the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, has been recognized as a “high performer” in Cloud Cost Management by G2. ParkMyCloud ranked #1 in customer satisfaction, and was additionally selected for best usability, best relationship, and most implementable product in G2’s Cloud Cost Management Summer 2020 Report. These rankings are awarded based on the reviews and responses of real users.
“There are a few things our customers are consistently looking for,” said ParkMyCloud VP Jay Chapel. “They need a platform to optimize cloud costs that is data-driven, automated, and easy to use. What these reviews are telling us is that we’re delivering for our customers.”
Chapel added, “Thank you from me and the whole team to all ninety-plus customers who have taken the time to write a review and share feedback. When we receive suggestions about the product via G2 and other channels, we review and often, it goes immediately into the roadmap. We’re grateful to have an engaged group of users who help us iterate and improve every day.”
With more than one million reviews of business software, G2 is a trusted authority for business professionals making purchasing decisions. Its quarterly reports are based on reviews by real, verified users, who provide unbiased ratings on user satisfaction, features, usability, and more.
In the report, ParkMyCloud earned the leading satisfaction score at 94%, as well as 93% satisfaction in ease of administration; 93% in ease of doing business, 91% in ease of use, 90% in quality of support, and 91% of users likely to recommend the product. ParkMyCloud was also rated as providing the fastest ROI of any product in the category.
Reviews of ParkMyCloud on G2 often highlight the product’s ease of use and the rapid ROI achieved by finding and eliminating wasted cloud spend in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud. New users can get started in minutes with a 14-day free trial.
ParkMyCloud, a Turbonomic company, provides a self-service SaaS platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend. More than 1,500 enterprises around the world – including Sysco, Workfront, Hitachi ID Systems, Sage Software, and National Geographic – trust ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spend by tens of millions of dollars annually. ParkMyCloud allows enterprises to easily manage, govern, and optimize their spend across multiple public clouds. For more information, visit www.parkmycloud.com.
Today we are happy to announce that ParkMyCloud now offers GKE cost optimization! You can now capitalize on your utilization data to automatically schedule Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to turn off when not needed in order to reduce costs.
GKE Cost Control is a Priority
GKE is the third Kubernetes service ParkMyCloud has rolled out support for in the past six weeks, following Amazon’s EKS and Azure’s AKS. Inbound requests for container cost control have been on the rise this year, and cloud users continue to tell us that container cost control is a major priority.
For example, Flexera’s 2020 State of the Cloud report found that the #1 cloud initiative for this year is to optimize existing use of cloud, and the #3 initiative is to expand use of containers. The report also found that 58% of cloud users use Kubernetes, and container-as-a-service offerings from AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud are all growing. 451 Research predicts that container spending will rise from $2.7 billion this year to $4.3 billion by 2022.
Wasted spend on inefficient containerization is among the problems contributing to $17.6 billion in cloud waste this year alone. Sources of waste include: nonproduction pods that are idle outside of working hours, oversized pods, oversized nodes, and overprovisioned persistent storage.
How to Reduce GKE Costs with ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud now offers optimization of GKE clusters and nodepools through scheduling. As with other cloud resources such as Google Cloud VM instances, preemptible VMs, SQL Databases, and Managed Instance groups – as well as resources in AWS, Azure, and Alibaba Cloud – you can create on/off schedules based on your team’s working hours and automatically assign those schedules with the platform’s policy engine. Better yet, get recommended schedules from ParkMyCloud based on your resources’ utilization data.
This comes with full user governance, self-service management of all projects in a single view, and flexible features such as schedule overrides (which you can even do through Slack!) Manage your application stacks with intuitive resource grouping and ordered scheduling.
If you haven’t yet tried out ParkMyCloud, please start a free trial and connect to your Google Cloud account through a secure limited access role.
If you already use ParkMyCloud, you will need to update your Google Cloud IAM policy to allow scheduling actions for GKE. Details available in the release notes.
Questions? Requests for features or more cloud services ParkMyCloud should optimize? Let us know – comment below or contact us directly.
We’re excited to share the latest in cost optimization for container services: ParkMyCloud now enables enterprises to optimize their Azure AKS (managed Azure Kubernetes Service) cloud costs. This is the second managed container service supported in the platform since we announced support for the scheduling of Amazon EKS (managed Elastic Kubernetes Service) last month.
Why is Container Cost Optimization Essential?
As we continue to expand our container management offering, it’s essential to understand that container management, like the broader cloud management, includes orchestration, security, monitoring, and of course, optimization.
Containers provide opportunities for efficiency and more lightweight application development, but like any on-demand computing resource, they also leave the door open for wasted spend. If not managed properly unused, idle, and otherwise suboptimal container options will contribute billions more to the estimated $17.6 billion in wasted cloud spend expected this year alone.
AKS Scheduling in ParkMyCloud
The opportunities to save money through container optimization are in essence no different than for your non-containerized resources. ParkMyCloud analyzes resource utilization history and creates recommended schedules for compute, database and container resources, and programmatically schedules and resizes them, saving enterprises around the world tens of millions of dollars.
You can reduce your AKS costs by setting schedules for AKS nodes based on working hours and usage, and automatically assign those schedules using the platform’s policy engine and tags. Or, use ParkMyCloud’s schedule recommendations for your resources based on your utilization data.
Already a ParkMyCloud user? Log in to your account to optimize your AKS costs. Please note you’ll have to update your Azure permissions. Details available in the release notes.
This is the second release for container optimization in ParkMyCloud. The platform already offers support for Amazon EKS (managed Elastic Kubernetes Service). Support scheduling for Amazon ECS, AWS Fargate, and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) will be available soon in the next few months, so stay tuned.
Usually when we think of the cloud, we think of computers and databases and stuff someplace far away. It “just works” (usually) and we do not think of the numerous folks that maintain it and countless people that use it.
But it has a different feel now, as folks around the world are hunkering down at home or in crisis command centers, facing the new realities COVID-19 has brought us, and how its impact continues to evolve and develop.
Paradoxically, while we’re physically further apart than ever before – we’re also drawn closer together, as we focus on this global health crisis and the rippling effects throughout all countries and industries. So let me pull aside this digital curtain for a moment, and say hello directly.
I’m aware that you, our customers and followers, are facing challenges you’ve never faced before. Those challenges will vary, from wild fluctuations in supply chains; to enormous digital demand on the technologies and platforms that enable us to stay connected (Zoom, Slack), fed (Instacart, UberEats), and healthy (Teladoc, Amwell).
From our little ParkMyCloud corner of the world – we would like to do what we can to help you and your business. Our values are built around cost optimization, simplifying complex problems, and transparency (or as I like to say, keeping things real.) These are all important more than ever today as we respond and reshape our operations, while maintaining trust with employees and customers.
If you want or need to save money in these times, we would like to help. Let us know and we can walk through your cloud environment together and give you some suggestions. And not just about how our software can help – we’ve collected a lot of knowledge about saving money in public cloud from some great companies and are happy to share where it might be able to help you. As always, ParkMyCloud’s cost optimization software is free to try. If you need a trial longer than 14 days, or need access to features above your current tier, please let me know.
And if there’s anything more we can do to assist you, we’re all ears. We’re all on the same team.
We chatted with JP Bourget, founder and CSO of Syncurity, about how his cybersecurity orchestration company uses ParkMyCloud.
Hi JP. Can you start off by telling us about Syncurity, what you do, and how big your team is?
Sure. We’re a cybersecurity orchestration vendor. We are in the cybersecurity product space of SOAR which is security, orchestration, automation, and response. What we do is we facilitate the security alert handling, sometimes called triage, and then use automation to help decide if the alert is concerning, and if necessary kick off a response process for the security operations center or incident response team. We usually launch these processes with alert polling as well as run our automated analysis/enrichment with alert ingesting via security product APIs.
I’m the founder and CSO. There’s about 25 of us on the team.
What clouds do you use, and how are you using those clouds?
We use Amazon, Azure, Google, Oracle, and Digital Ocean. We do a lot of CI using CircleCI, Travis, and some others.
The reason that we use all those clouds is because we ship images on the different cloud providers for consumption by customers. Our product is subscription-based and we share a private image with our customers, they can then go deploy our product in their environment.
Most of our work is done on Azure VMs and Amazon EC2. We also have another cloud environment which is hosted on bare metal servers that we use for VMware – I don’t get billed per VMguest in that scenario. It’s a per bare metal server cost model. We also now use spot instances quite often based on ParkMyCloud helping us understand the benefit of them, even for longer running instances.
As for how we’re using them, most of our QA and Proof of Concepts are done in Amazon. Because we do all this automation, we have a huge integration lab up in Amazon. We also do POCs in all the other vendors based on customer requirements.
How did you decide to start using ParkMyCloud?
We’ve been using ParkMyCloud right from the beginning – we know the team that helped build the product.
The key benefit of ParkMyCloud for me is that I have about 75 instances at any one time that don’t need to be running all the time because it’s the lab. In some cases, I need to turn on a lab in a fashion that gives me a stack of tools, or I need to run a lab in a fashion where the machines run a schedule.
There’s certain stuff that is dummy infrastructure or lab infrastructure like windows servers and domains that we want running most of the time, but we turn them off on the weekend. But there are other things that only ever need to be turned on when we’re using them. So what ParkMyCloud gives me is the ability to essentially have an interface that’s multi-cloud for anybody to go in and turn a box on as needed and then automatically turn them off.
How would you describe your experience using ParkMyCloud?
I like being able to see my projected savings right on the platform. The other thing that I really like is the fact that I can see how much a box costs a month instead of hourly. It’s one of those small things that provides huge value. Amazon provides that hourly information but you have to calculate the monthly cost.
We use ParkMyCloud as an alternative to some users logging directly into the AWS console, which is a lot easier.