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

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

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.

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.

 

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!)

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.

 

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.

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?