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ParkMyCloud news is the place to find out what the ParkMyCloud team has been up to and what events we will be attending in the future (in case you would like to meet up with us). We also like to use the ParkMyCloud news section to share the times when we are featured in the press or nominated for an award.

The most important function of the ParkMyCloud news section is the announcement of new product releases. Not only is the evolution of our versatile cloud management solution important to us and our existing clients, it may also prove to be a tipping point for organizations not yet reducing AWS costs with ParkMyCloud´s lightweight app.

Announcements about new releases are often accompanied with explanations about how the upgrades to ParkMyCloud work and can be used to maximize efficiency and cost reduction. If you have any comments about the announcements in the ParkMyCloud news section – or have suggestions about how we could further improve our product – do not hesitate to contact us.

New 451 Research Report on ParkMyCloud’s Multi-Cloud Scheduling Software

Analyst 451 Research has released a new report on ParkMyCloud, highlighting that “ParkMyCloud continues to build out its multi-cloud scheduling software, maintaining the clean interface but adding functionality with a reporting dashboard, single sign-on and notifications, including a Slackbot for automated parking.”

It’s true! We’ve been steadily adding features to ParkMyCloud as our customers ask for them. Recent examples include:

  • Mobile app – easy access to your ParkMyCloud account for cost management on the go
  • RDS parking – park AWS RDS instances, just like EC2
  • Slack integration – get notifications and manage your continuous cost control via Slack

Here’s the full “451 take” on ParkMyCloud:

“ParkMyCloud is one of a handful of products that automate cloud resource scheduling via a lightweight SaaS application. With support for Azure and Google Cloud Platform as well as AWS, it offers a bird’s-eye view of provisioned public cloud resources and a slick interface for ‘parking’ idle capacity, either according to a schedule or ad hoc. With a clear ROI story and plans to improve the user experience with a mobile app and a more robust policy engine, the company benefits from a focus on doing one thing and doing it well.”

That “clear ROI story” that 451 Research noted is clear to our customers, too. In fact, most customers have an ROI of less than two months of using the product. The savings rapidly pays for the cost of premium features.

They also noted that the number of instances managed in the platform has tripled, just from Q2 to Q3 this year. More and more AWS, Azure, and GCP users are relying on ParkMyCloud for continuous cost control.

So if you are evaluating cloud cost control (ParkMyCloud), we encourage you to check out the full 451 Research analysis. Download and read the report here: ParkMyCloud automates scheduling of AWS, Azure, and GCP resources.  

Ready to join the ParkMyCloud following and start controlling your cloud spend? Start a free trial of ParkMyCloud today.

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New on ParkMyCloud: Notifications via Slack and Email

New on ParkMyCloud: you can now receive notifications about your environment and ParkMyCloud account via email as well as Slack and other webhooks. We’re happy to deliver this user-requested feature, and look forward to an improved user experience.

The notifications are divided into system-level notifications and user-level notifications, as outlined below.

Administrators: Configure Notifications of Account-Level Actions via Slack/Webhooks

Administrators can now set up shared account-level notifications for parking actions and/or system errors. You can choose to receive these actions via Slack or a custom webhook.

These notifications include information about:

  • Parking Actions
    • Resource stop/start as a result of a schedule
    • Manual resource start/stop via toggles
    • Manual schedule snoozes
    • Attach/detach of schedules to resources
    • Manual changes to schedules
  • System Errors
    • Permissions issues, such as a lack of permissions on an instance or credential that prevents parking actions
    • Errors related to your cloud service provider, for example, errors due to service outages.

For instructions on how to configure these notifications, please see this article on our support portal.

All Users: Get Notified via Email

While system-level notifications must be configured by an administrator, individual ParkMyCloud users can choose to set up email notifications as well. These notifications include the same information listed above for the teams you choose.

Email notifications will be sent as a rollup every 15 minutes. If no actions occur, you will not receive an email. For instructions on how to configure these notifications, please see this article on our support portal.

Let Us Know What You Think

To our current users: we look forward to your feedback on the notifications, and welcome any suggestions you have to improve the functionality and usability of ParkMyCloud.

If you aren’t yet using ParkMyCloud, you can get started here with a free trial.

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New: Park AWS RDS Instances with ParkMyCloud

Now You Can Park AWS RDS Instances with ParkMyCloud

We’re happy to share that you can now park AWS RDS instances with ParkMyCloud!

AWS just recently released the ability to start and stop RDS instances. Now with ParkMyCloud, you can automate RDS start/stop on a schedule, so your databases used for development, testing, and other non-production purposes are only running when you actually need them – and you only pay for the hours you use. This is the first parking feature on the market that’s fully integrated with AWS’s new RDS start/stop capability.

You can also use ParkMyCloud’s policy engine to create rules that automatically assign your RDS instances to parking schedules and to teams, so they’re only accessible to the users who need them.

Why it Matters

Our customers who use AWS have long asked for the ability to park RDS instances. In fact,

RDS is the area of biggest of cloud spend after compute, accounting for about 15-20% of an average user’s bill. 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.

“We’ve used ParkMyCloud for over a year to reduce our EC2 spend, enjoying a 13X return on our yearly license fee – it’s literally saved us thousands of dollars on our AWS bill. We look forward to saving even more now that ParkMyCloud has added support for RDS start/stop!” – Anthony Suda, Release Manager/Senior Network Manager, Sundog.

How to Get Started

It’s easy to get started and park AWS RDS instances with ParkMyCloud.

If you don’t yet use ParkMyCloud, you can try it now for free. We offer a 14-day free trial of all ParkMyCloud features, after which you can choose to subscribe to a premium  plan or continue parking your instances using ParkMyCloud’s free tier.

If you already use ParkMyCloud, you’ll need to check your AWS permissions and ParkMyCloud policies out, and then turn on the RDS feature via your settings page. Please see more information about this on our support page.

As always, we welcome your feedback about this new addition to ParkMyCloud, and anything else you’d like to see in the future.

Happy parking!

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Announcing Google Cloud Platform Cost Control with ParkMyCloud

Now Supporting Google Cloud Platform Cost Control

Today, we’re excited to announce that ParkMyCloud now supports Google Cloud Platform!

Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers have been using ParkMyCloud for automated cost control since the product launch in 2015, and Azure customers have enjoyed the same capabilities since earlier this year. With ParkMyCloud, you can automate on/off scheduling to ensure your resources are only running when you actually need them. Customers such as McDonald’s, Fox, Capital One, Sage Software, and Wolters Kluwer have already saved millions.

If you use multiple public cloud providers, you can manage them together on a single dashboard.

Why it Matters

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. See more in our official press release.

How Does ParkMyCloud Work on Google Cloud Platform?

It’s simple to get started using ParkMyCloud to manage your Google compute resources:

  1. Connect – Create a ParkMyCloud account – no credit card required – and connect to your Google Cloud Platform account
  2. Manage – Discover and manage all your cloud resources in a single view
  3. Park – Just click the schedule to automatically “Park” (stop) and start resources based on your needs.

If you’re new to ParkMyCloud, please see these additional resources:

  • ParkMyCloud Single Sign-On Integrations – integrate with Active Directory, Centrify, Google G-Suite, Okta, OneLogin, or Ping Identity for single sign-on to ParkMyCloud
  • Zero-Touch Parking – how to use the ParkMyCloud policy engine to create rules for schedules to be automatically applied
  • Resource Group Parking – create “logical groups” for your resources for sequenced startup and shutdown

See it In Action

We’re happy to schedule a demo for you to see ParkMyCloud in action – if you’re interested, please contact us.

Try Now for Free

You can get started now with a free 14-day trial of ParkMyCloud, with full access to premium features.

After your trial expires, you can choose to continue using the core parking functionality for free (forever!), or upgrade to use premium features such as the API, advanced reporting and SSO. Happy parking!

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Start and Stop RDS Instances on AWS – and Schedule with ParkMyCloud

AWS RDS Pricing

Amazon Web Services shared today that users can now start and stop RDS instances – check out the full announcement on their blog.

This is good news for cost-conscious engineering teams. Until now, databases were generally left running 24×7, even if they were only used during working hours for testing and staging purposes. Now, they can be turned off, so you’re not charged for time you’re not using. Nice!

Keep in mind that stopping the RDS instances will not bring the cost to zero – you will still be charged for provisioned storage, manual snapshots and automated backup storage.

Now, what if you want to start and stop RDS instances on an automated schedule to ensure they’re not left running when they’re not needed? Coming soon, you’ll be able to with ParkMyCloud!

Start and Stop RDS Instances on a Schedule with ParkMyCloud

Since ParkMyCloud was first released, customers have been asking us for the ability to park their RDS instances in the same way that they can park EC2 instances and auto scaling groups.

The logic to start/stop RDS instances using schedules is already in the production code for ParkMyCloud. We have been patiently waiting for AWS to officially announce this capability, so that we could turn the feature ON and release it to the public. That day is finally here!

Our development team has some final end-to-end testing to complete, just to make sure everything works as expected. Expect RDS parking to be released within a couple of weeks! Let us know if you’d like to be notified when this is released, or if you’re interested in beta testing the new functionality.

 

We’re excited about this opportunity to give ParkMyCloud users what they’re asking for. What else would you like to see for optimal cost control? Comment below to let us know.

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New: ParkMyCloud Supports Centrify for Single Sign-On

Announcing: ParkMyCloud now integrates with Centrify for Single Sign-On (SSO). What, did you think we were finished with SSO integrations?

That brings the list of SSO providers you can use with your ParkMyCloud account to:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) – Microsoft
  • Azure Active Directory – Microsoft
  • Centrify
  • Google G-Suite
  • Okta (in Okta App Network)
  • OneLogin (in App Catalog)
  • Ping Identity (in App Catalog)

Stay tuned: ParkMyCloud will be listed in the Centrify marketplace shortly.

We have integrated with Centrify for Single Sign-On, as well as the other SSO providers, to make it simpler:

  1. For account administrators, who can use just-in-time provisioning to automatically add their organization members to ParkMyCloud as they are authenticated in Centrify – all you need to do as an administrator is share your organization’s unique ParkMyCloud login link with your users. This can be found in the ParkMyCloud management console.
  2. For users, who will not need separate login information and a password for ParkMyCloud.

For a step-by-step guide for setting up Centrify as a SAML IdP server for ParkMyCloud, please see this article on our support site. Note that you will already need to have your ParkMyCloud account created – though there’s no need to add additional users until you’ve connected with Centrify, at which point you can add them directly from the SSO provider.

If we still don’t support your SSO provider of choice, please leave a comment below or contact us – we’re all about meeting user needs, here!

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New: ParkMyCloud Supports ADFS for Single Sign-On – and Is Now in Ping Identity App Catalog

We are happy to share that ParkMyCloud now supports Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for Single Sign-On (SSO).

Additionally, ParkMyCloud is now integrated into the Ping Identity App catalog, making it easier to configure your SSO options and add users from Ping accounts.

With these updates, you can now connect to ParkMyCloud through six major SSO providers:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) – Microsoft
  • Azure Active Directory – Microsoft
  • Google G-Suite
  • Okta (in Okta App Network)
  • OneLogin (in App Catalog)
  • Ping Identity (in App Catalog)

All of these SSO providers are among the top of those ranked in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as as Service.

Using SSO simplifies processes for both users and administrators. Users need to track and remember fewer passwords, and administrators can control user access in the single location of their SSO provider dashboard, to simplify processes and tighten access control.

Through these SSO providers, ParkMyCloud supports just-in-time provisioning of new users. This means that users are automatically created in ParkMyCloud as they are authenticated from the SSO provider.  All the administrator needs to do is email users the organization’s unique ParkMyCloud login link, which can be found in the ParkMyCloud management console.

For more information about configuring SSO for your ParkMyCloud account, please see this article in our support portal – there are instructions for each SSO provider. (You’ll need to have an active ParkMyCloud account in place before you can start adding users from your SSO provider – here’s the signup link if you need to create one first.)

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New: ParkMyCloud Supports Okta for Single Sign-On through Okta App Network

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okta for single sign-onAs of today, you can now connect to Okta for Single Sign-On (SSO) through the Okta App Network (OAN). This simplifies SSO configuration using SAML 2.0.

Using Okta for Single Sign-On allows administrators to easily add and govern their existing internal users in ParkMyCloud. It also reduces the number of passwords that users need to remember and use.

If you are an Okta customer, it is straightforward to connect to your ParkMyCloud account. First, run your account in admin mode and search for ParkMyCloud on the OAN. All you need from ParkMyCloud is an identifier string, provided in your account settings. Once configured, your users will automatically be added to ParkMyCloud, to the team you specify, after they have been authenticated through Okta.

This makes it extremely simple to get your enterprise users started with parking and saving in ParkMyCloud.

For more details about connecting Okta to your ParkMyCloud account, please see our knowledge base article on the subject.

We also recently added support for OneLogin for SSO, which joined Ping, Google Apps, and Azure Active Directory as SSO options for your ParkMyCloud account.

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New: ParkMyCloud Supports OneLogin for Single Sign-On

Onelogin for single sign-onAs of today, you can now connect ParkMyCloud to OneLogin for Single Sign-On. ParkMyCloud is now integrated with OneLogin’s App Catalog marketplace to simplify Single Sign-On configuration using SAML 2.0.

Using OneLogin for Single Sign-On (SSO) simplifies processes for users by reducing the number of passwords they need to track. It also simplifies the burden for administrators, by allowing them to control user access in one place (for example, through OneLogin) so they don’t have to manage access separately for each user for all applications.

Through OneLogin, ParkMyCloud supports just-in-time provisioning of new users, which means that as soon as a user is authenticated in OneLogin, he or she is automatically created in ParkMyCloud. All the administrator needs to do is email users the organization’s unique ParkMyCloud login link, which can be found in the ParkMyCloud management console.

Once you have a ParkMyCloud account that you would like to integrate with OneLogin, go to the App Catalog and search for “ParkMyCloud”. Once on the ParkMyCloud page, configure the SSO options and accessibility to users, then connect the metadata to ParkMyCloud. That’s it! Now  you can invite your OneLogin users to ParkMyCloud using your unique link, and they will be able to log in to ParkMyCloud in one step with their OneLogin info.

For more information about configuring OneLogin SSO for your ParkMyCloud account please refer to this article.

By the way, ParkMyCloud also supports SSO via Ping, Okta, Google Apps, and Azure Active Directory – see more about our support for these providers.

 

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New Free Tier of ParkMyCloud – Free Cloud Optimization for All, & No More Scripting

We’re announcing a new, free tier of ParkMyCloud! That’s right – you now have the option for free cloud optimization using ParkMyCloud – forever.

Why Script When ParkMyCloud is free?

free cloud optimization with new ParkMyCloud free tierWe’ve created the free tier option to support our developer friends who, to save money on non-production resources that are not being used nights and weekends, are currently using the best option available: home grown scheduling scripts. Friends: we want to save you the trouble of scripting (it’s not the answer!) Now you can use ParkMyCloud to apply on/off schedules to your instances — for free, which means no approvals required. Plus with ParkMyCloud’s policy engine, you can have instances automatically set on schedules and assigned to teams. The full automation means no work for you to keep your instances’ up/down time optimized.

Premium Features

Of course, more advanced features, such as SSO, multi-cloud, API, audit logs, and reporting do require subscription to a paid tier. Many of our customers start with small public cloud environments and grow from there. 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. We aim to make these as cost-effective for users as possible – customers usually recoup their yearly fee in 6 weeks or less.

14-Day Trial of All Features

The new model gives all new users access to a free 14-trial where they can experience all of the premium features. At the end of those 14 days, you can choose to subscribe to the plan that meets your needs. If you decide you don’t need the premium features, or you want to spend longer testing the tool, you have the option to move to the free tier. Just remember that if you do move to free you will lose those premium features.

Get Started with Free Cloud Optimization

Get started with your free 14-day trial here. (And if you like what you see, stay on for free as long as you like!)

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New: Log in to ParkMyCloud with SSO for Security & Ease

SSO for security and easeWe’re happy to announce today that ParkMyCloud now supports single sign-on (SSO) using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0. The following identity providers are supported:

  • Azure Active Directory
  • Google Apps
  • Okta
  • Ping

When you use SSO, your users are authenticated against your own directory services/identity provider and then, once authenticated, will be logged in to ParkMyCloud. If the user account does not exist within ParkMyCloud, it is automatically created.

SSO For Security & Simplicity

With SSO, signing into ParkMyCloud is easier than ever. Simply sign in using your preferred identity provider for an even more streamlined ParkMyCloud experience. Reduce the number of passwords you need to remember and type in – and use SSO for security by keeping a single point of authentication.

Additionally, with SSO, ParkMyCloud account administrators can add new users using existing sign-on infrastructure – simply send an invitation to your users to add them to ParkMyCloud.

Get Started

Are you ready to set up single sign-on for your ParkMyCloud account? Check out this article on our support page: Setting Up Single Sign-on (SSO) in ParkMyCloud.

Curious what else ParkMyCloud plans to release this year? Please see Triple the Clouds, Triple the Fun: What’s Coming in ParkMyCloud in 2017. We’re always happy to hear your feedback and suggestions.

 

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Announcing ParkMyCloud Microsoft Azure Scheduling!

Now Supporting Microsoft Azure Scheduling

ParkMyCloud microsoft azure schedulingWe are excited to share that ParkMyCloud now supports Microsoft Azure scheduling!

For the past 18 months since our launch, Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers have been using ParkMyCloud to manage their compute resources by turning them off when not needed (called “instance scheduling”) – saving a total of $1,749,279.06 so far – and counting!

Now, that same “Nest for the Cloud” capability is available to Microsoft Azure customers.

Plus, if you use both AWS and Azure, you can manage and govern your accounts together in a single ParkMyCloud dashboard.

Why We’re Excited

Being able to control costs with Microsoft Azure scheduling is our most frequently-requested capability – so we’re excited to share this with our customers and new users.

The size of cloud waste is enormous, with up to $5.6 billion wasted every year on computing time that no one is using.  While much of this wasted spend is on AWS resources, Azure is certainly the second-biggest player in the public cloud market. We look forward to helping Azure customers eliminate wasted spend. Learn more in our official press release.

How Does ParkMyCloud Work on Azure?

Just like AWS, it’s simple:

  1. Discover: Connect with Azure to discover your virtual machines (VMs)
  2. Schedule: Schedule on/off times for the desired VMs
  3. Smile: Reduce your costs by up to 60%

If you’re new to ParkMyCloud, check out these additional resources:

See it In Action

Join us next Thursday, February 2 at 2 PM Eastern for a web session highlighting the Azure release – plus, learn how to use our automated policy engine for automated cost savings. Sign up here.

Try it Now

Azure users, try it now now with a 30-day free trial of ParkMyCloud.

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Triple the Clouds, Triple the Fun: What’s Coming in ParkMyCloud in 2017

triple the clouds: google, aws, azureLast year was a great year for the ParkMyCloud product and our customers – check out all the features and functionality we added throughout 2016.

As we launch into 2017, we’re looking to bring our public cloud users even more ways to save on their cloud spend. Here’s a preview of some of the more impactful features and functionality we’ll be releasing throughout the year.

New Cloud Service Providers

Thus far, ParkMyCloud has supported customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) alone. (No small fries here; about 30% of public cloud infrastructure is in AWS). However, in two weeks, we’re expanding by releasing support for Microsoft Azure. You will be able to manage AWS and Azure resources side-by-side in a single dashboard.

In the following months, Google Compute Engine support will follow.

New Ways to Save

In addition to the new cloud service providers, we’re also adding support for additional services and new ways to save on your cloud infrastructure.

We’ll start the expansion from compute services by parking databases (Amazon RDS and others). We will also offer resource rightsizing, so you can ensure that you’re not wasting money on resources that are larger than you need them to be.

Adding to the ParkMyCloud Experience

We’ll also be enhancing the ParkMyCloud experience with surrounding features, starting with single sign-on (SSO) using SAML 2.0 coming in February.

Following that, we’ll add external notifications leveraging AWS SNS. And for the quants out there we’ll be adding a data analytics layer. We’re also excited to share that we’ll have native mobile support for iOS and Android by the summer.

And more!

Of course, as a small and agile company, this list is not complete! We’re happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions about what you’d like to see in ParkMyCloud this year – so what’s at the top of your list?

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ParkMyCloud Product 2016 Year in Review

This year has flown by – and it’s been a big one for ParkMyCloud. Working closely with our customers, we’ve added features and functionality throughout the year to keep you parking, saving and happy! Here are the highlights of what’s changed in ParkMyCloud this year.

 

parkmycloud-dec-2016January Start/Stop/Snooze

The “snooze button” has the honor of being ParkMyCloud’s first “most requested feature”. This function allows users to suspend a schedule for a set period, so, for example, you can use an instance on the weekend when it’s scheduled to be parked.

March – Multi-User/Multi-Account

In March, we expanded ParkMyCloud accounts to include multiple user accounts per organization, and introduced user/team structures. This was also the first time you could manage multiple AWS accounts in one ParkMyCloud account.

June – Auto Scaling Group Parking 

Auto scaling groups can be parked just like an individual instance – when parked, the minimum, desired, and maximum number of instances are set to 0, so you can “pause” their scale-up times.

September – Resource Group Parking + Speed

In this release, we added the ability to create Logical Groups of resources, which can be parked and managed as a unit, and sequenced for start/stop. The platform was also improved to be 70x faster!

October – Policy Engine/ Zero-Touch Parking

In October, we released the Policy Engine, which allows administrators to create policies to automatically attach or detach parking schedules, assign a “never park” rule to an instance, assign instances to teams, and more.

December – New User Interface

We changed the look and feel of ParkMyCloud’s interface to be more organized and intuitive – and so far the feedback has been positive!

 

Whew – try scripting all that! (Or don’t.)

We’re looking forward to 2017, which will have more improvements and expansions for ParkMyCloud. In January, we’ll add support for Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine will come after that. We’ll also add the ability to park additional resources, like RDS in AWS. If you have other things you’d like to see ParkMyCloud do in 2017, let us know in the comments below!

Happy holidays and wishing you a joyous new year from the ParkMyCloud team!

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New on ParkMyCloud: Zero-Touch Parking! Automatically Park, Govern, & Save

Today, we’re happy to share with you a new addition to ParkMyCloud: “Zero-Touch Parking”! This policy engine applies start/stop schedules and policies to cloud instances.

Zero-Touch Parking will allow you to “take your hands off the wheel” once you have configured the policies for your environment and let ParkMyCloud apply the parking schedules for automatic cloud cost optimization. Additional functionality from the ParkMyCloud policy engine lets you create security and governance rules, described below. You will save time and save money on cloud costs. It’s easier than ever!

Zero-Touch Parking – Automated Schedule Assignment

parkmycloud's zero-touch parking for cloud cost savings automationThe highlight of this new release is Zero-Touch Parking. This is our most-frequently requested feature, and we’re happy to deliver. Now, ParkMyCloud account administrators will be able to automatically attach or detach schedules to new and existing EC2 instances based on keywords.

For example, let’s say your development instances are all tagged with the keyword “dev”. Let’s also say that these instances need to run during an 8 AM to 6 PM workday, Monday through Friday. You can create a parking schedule that has instances run during those hours, and park outside those hours — let’s call it the “dev schedule”. Now, you can also create a rule that all instances tagged “dev” will automatically be assigned the “dev schedule” upon discovery by ParkMyCloud. No touch needed from that point on!

Policy Engine – Automated Security & Governance Measures

never-park-policyIn addition to automated cost savings with Zero-Touch Parking, ParkMyCloud’s new policy engine increases security and eases governance. Administrators can create rules to automatically assign instances to teams of users, and to protect certain instances, such as mission-critical production environments, from accidentally being turned off by users.

Administrators will be able to assign:

  • Schedules – automatically attach or detach a parking schedule (as described above)
  • Restrictions
    • Snooze only – instances are always parked, users “snooze to use”
    • Never park – instances cannot be parked or toggled, so for example, production instances are never parked
  • Teams –  automatically assign new resources to teams during discovery

Time and Money Savings

With automated policies, you’ll save even more time with ParkMyCloud as you save money. On that note, we recently reached an exciting milestone at ParkMyCloud: our customers have now collectively saved over $1 million on their cloud bills. During the next year, we expect customers to save over $5 million. There’s a long way to go to eliminate what we estimate is $5.6 billion in wasted cloud spend every year, but we’re making a dent – our customers have cut their cloud spend significantly.

We look forward to attacking cloud waste from multiple angles with support for additional cloud providers beyond AWS. We plan to release support for Microsoft Azure at the beginning of January, 2017, with Google Cloud Platform support to follow.

Tweet about Zero-Touch parking and get 1 month of ParkMyCloud free! (Email us to get your free month.)

Then, try out the new Zero-Touch Parking & policy engine for yourself with a free 30-day trial. Happy parking!

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ParkMyCloud Release: 70x Faster, Sequenced Start/Stop, & More!

We just released a new version of ParkMyCloud that’s jam-packed with new capabilities and features! Here’s what’s new.

More than 70x Faster

Previously, ParkMyCloud ingested instances from AWS every 6 hours – which suited most purposes, but meant there was a lag in displaying new instances. Now, ParkMyCloud will auto-ingest from AWS every 5 minutes. This has a few benefits: parking is now more tightly enforced, instance state changes made outside of ParkMyCloud (e.g. directly changed in the AWS console) will be detected within 1 minute, and the entire orchestration engine is more stable and reliable.

Resource Groups for Sequenced Start/Stop

logicalgroup1You can now combine your instances in what we call “Logical Groups” for ease of management. You can park a group as if it were a single instance.

Additionally, you can sequence the order in which you want instances in a group to start and stop, providing configurable delays.

This feature grew directly from user feedback, because of the challenges they have with some database and other legacy applications.  We’re happy to deliver!

Fresh, Compact Dashboard

The dashboard has been redesigned, with new capabilities, including vastly improved search filtering (can now filter by schedules and schedule status, auto scaling groups, logical groups, and more).logicalgroup2

You can also now extend a parking calendar “snooze”. Read more about how our customers take advantage of the snooze feature, and more!

 

 

 

 

To get the full impact of the fresh, fast ParkMyCloud, try it for yourself with a free 30-day trial! Get started here.

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ParkMyCloud Raises Series Seed Funding Round

ParkMyCloud Customers, Future Customers, Friends, and Fans,

I am happy to share with you that ParkMyCloud has raised a Series Seed funding round of $1.65 million to grow our cost optimization platform. (Official press release here.)

cofounderscapitalWe’re pleased to partner with Cofounders Capital, an early-stage seed fund focused on software ventures out of the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, as well as several individual investors who contributed to the round, to bring you the best product that ParkMyCloud can offer. We’re privileged to have these startup and SaaS experts on our team as we grow and expand.

This round allows us to bring the cost savings and automation that our customers already enjoy to even more of AWS’s 1 million customers, while continually improving the breadth of ParkMyCloud’s features and user experience. We also look forward to adding support for additional cloud service providers, including Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine, in the coming months.

I want to give a special shout-out to our existing customers, who have been extremely helpful and provided excellent feedback about the product, their experiences and where we should focus on adding value. Thanks, all.

I’ll also note that the success our customers have achieved with ParkMyCloud so far is remarkable. The “almost $800,000 saved” by our customers that we quoted in our press release is, amazingly, already out of date – over $800,000 has now been saved, and that’s just the beginning. Our customers’ average ROI of 1700% is another number we’re proud of.

The PMC team is ready to hit the ground running this fall. In the famous words of Larry the Cable Guy… let’s git ‘er done.

Cheers,

Jay

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Why ParkMyCloud Uses ParkMyCloud: A Story of the Importance of Drinking Your Own Champagne

drinking-our-own-champagneI think most people can agree that eating your own dog food – or drinking your own champagne, to the glass-half-full crowd – is a hallmark of a business that has created a successful product. The opposite is clearly true: when Alan Mullaly was brought in to Ford, he knew there was a problem when he was picked up from the airport in a Land Rover rather than a Ford car – and when he couldn’t find a single Ford vehicle in the executive parking garage.

For those of us in the software world, there’s another piece to that picture. To tell you how we discovered this for ourselves, I’m going to tell you a story.

It was six weeks after ParkMyCloud’s founding. We had the very first beta version of the product at our fingertips – but before sending it out to beta testers, we gathered the ParkMyCloud team in a conference room to do a bit of usability testing for ourselves. I created a ParkMyCloud user account and hooked up our AWS account so there would be instances to display.

“Now try it out, and let me know if you see any problems,” I told the group.

Heads down, focused on laptops, everyone diligently began to click around, playing with the first generation dashboard and parking schedule interface. For a moment, the room was quiet. Then a chorus went around.

“Hey, what happened?”

“Is anyone else getting this error?”

All at once, everyone around the table lost access to the application. It was gone. For a minute, we were left scratching our heads.

“Okay, what was everyone doing just before it shut down? Did anyone park anything?”

Finally, a sheepish marketing contractor spoke up. “I may have parked an instance.”

As it turned out, he had parked a production server. In particular, the production server running the ParkMyCloud application. D’oh!

Apparently, we needed governance. And we needed it fast. We got to work, and soon after, we released a version of ParkMyCloud that allowed for multiple users and teams for each ParkMyCloud account, all governed with role-based access control (RBAC).

We still use those roles today (incidentally, the “demo” team does not have access to production servers).

The lesson here is that using your application for yourself uncovers important usability issues. Some of these can’t be discovered as quickly as the one above, but only over time – like awkward flows, and reports that skip over meaningful data.

But of course, we also get the same benefits that the product gives to our customers – like saving money. In fact, after the approach was suggested to us by one of our customers, we adopted an “always off” schedule for ourselves. All of our non-production servers are parked 24×7. When our developers need to use them, they log in to ParkMyCloud and “snooze” the schedules for the length of time they need to use them.

This eliminates the need for central schedules, which works especially well for our multi-time-zone development team. Using this schedule, we save about 81% on our non-production servers.

I would encourage anyone who creates products to lead by example and use your product internally — and I assure potential ParkMyCloud customers that we drink our own champagne every day.

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ParkMyCloud selected as one of the 20 Most Promising Cloud Solution Providers 2016 by CIOReview

Cloud-CIO-Review-logo-2016We are happy to share that ParkMyCloud has earned a place in the list of CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising Cloud Solution Providers 2016, an annual listing of 20 companies that are at the forefront of providing cloud solutions and impacting the marketplace.

“The companies selected for our 20 Most Promising Cloud Solution Providers 2016 list are an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are changing their respective industries,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “We are proud to feature ParkMyCloud in this edition for its range of revolutionary solutions that is setting a new benchmark in the cloud arena.”

An article on CIO Review highlights how ParkMyCloud helps users optimize cloud computing costs.

About half of AWS EC2 instances support non-production workloads, such as development, testing, staging, and QA, and can be turned off at night and on weekends when developers go home. Yet most companies leave them running 24×7.

Read the full article on CIO Review.

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ParkMyCloud Tutorial Session – August 2016

Last week, Dale (ParkMyCloud CTO) held a tutorial web session to share (1) how to get started with ParkMyCloud, (2) what’s new in the platform, and (3) the best ways to use ParkMyCloud in your environment, including best practices from several of our customers.

If you missed it, not to worry. Here’s a recording of the session, with links to points of interest below.

[2:12] Demo begins

[6:33] ParkMyCloud dashboard

[7:40] Automatic parking recommendations

[9:08] How to park instances

[9:24] How to create custom parking schedules

[11:57] Dashboard tour

[14:56] How to create teams and overview of roles

[19:09] How to add multiple AWS accounts to a ParkMyCloud account (IAM Roles method)

[23:13] How to display Auto Scaling Groups on the PMC dashboard

[25:15] How to move instances between teams

[26:20] Reports – how to download reports on your usage and savings

[29:11] What Team Leads will see on their dashboards

[31:28] Customer use case: the Always Parked Schedule

[35:01] What Team Members see on their dashboards

[36:44] What Purchasing role team members see in ParkMyCloud & how to pay

[41:06] Viewer question: Will you support an “invite” format for new users in the future?

[42:15] Viewer question: What is the pricing of ParkMyCloud?

[43:07] Viewer question: How many AWS accounts can you manage in your ParkMyCloud account?

 

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