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?

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.

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

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.

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