Over the weekend, we pushed out a new release of ParkMyCloud, with new features focusing on reporting and snooze support. Updates made in this release include:
Upgraded reporting, including 4 new reports: detailed costs by instance, cost summary by team, cost summary by credential, and roster of team members by team and by role. These reports can be pulled for any date range you select:
Updated the Dashboard, which now shows how much time is left on the snooze period for snoozed instances. The time remaining will display both on the parking menu and in a tooltip, as shown below:
There is a new default parking schedule called “Always Parked – Snooze to Use Instances”. Several of our customers are successfully using this “always parked” strategy to achieve maximum savings on their non-production instances.
We also did some very important behind the scenes work to streamline the DevOps process and improve database development.
Coming soon: the ability to park Auto Scaling groups!
As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the future, please let us know in the comments below.
Over the long weekend, we pushed out a new release of ParkMyCloud. This new release contains several feature improvements, and sets up the platform for more user-requested features to come. Let’s take a look.
When you next log in – or first log in, if you’re a new user – you will be greeted by a new dashboard. It has a new look and feel, with actions on the left, info on the right.
The old recommendations bar has been revamped into a Keywords tab, which alarms RED whenever there are instances recommended to be parked:
Also notice the “Metrics” and “Policies” tabs – coming soon!
“Always Parked” Schedule
You can now create a parking schedule that parks instances 24/7:
This is great news for users who prefer a parking approach that capitalizes on the “snooze” function.
In this approach, an organization may choose to set all non-production instances on an “always parked” schedule. When developers come in to work in the morning, they can “snooze” the parking schedule on their instances for the length of the workday, for which time they will run. Then, the instances will turn off at the end of the day, maximizing savings.Several of our customers have had great success with the schedule + snooze formula.
This release also improves the search logic functionality. You can now use negation logic in both the dashboard filtering and in the recommendations keywords. Just put a “-“ in front of a search term, and everything not including that term will show up:
Schedule Removal Behavior
We have also changed the behavior for schedule removal. When a schedule is removed, the instance will no longer automatically start. Now it will remain in the state it was in when the schedule was removed.
As always, we welcome your feedback on these updates – please comment below.
We attended AWS re:Invent last fall (and we’re already looking forward to the 2016 event in December!), but this was ParkMyCloud’s first AWS Summit.
Although the event was substantially smaller than re:Invent, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who visited our booth and on the number of meaningful conversations we had with companies across the board, from those just assessing AWS as an option to those with established and growing AWS footprints.
Keynote from Dr. Matt Wood
The event’s keynote was given by Dr. Matt Wood, the General Manager for Product Strategy at AWS. You can watch the entire keynote recording below:
Amazingly, AWS continues to grow quickly at a rate of 70% year-over-year and is now a $10B company. EC2 makes up more than 2/3 of that business, and at last report, was growing at 95% year-over-year.
There were a few announcements of new AWS products in the keynote (full list here).
AWS now uses SSD storage as the default for EBS (Elastic Block Store). SSD is wonderful for small block, random I/O (for example for OLTP databases), but it is not cost-effective for large block sequential workloads, such as video or image processing.
Therefore, AWS announced two new magnetic EBS storage offerings:
A throughput optimized EBS offering (ST1) providing up to 500 MB/sec of sequential performance. It costs $0.045 / GB / month.
There is also a cold storage version (SC1), providing up to 250 MB/sec, but costing only $0.025 / GB / month.
AWS Inspector also became generally available. Inspector is an automated security and vulnerability assessment. It checks the security posture of your application relative to defined best practices.
AWS also announced non-disruptive, automatic platform (OS) updates for Elastic BeanStalk deployments. This will definitely save time on managing BeanStalk implementations.
They leverage “Blue” / “Green” auto scaling groups behind the load balancer to do this non-disruptively. Blue is the current production environment. Green is the version being updated. Once complete, operation is cutover to “Green”.
AWS announced as beta the ability to create managed identity pools for Cognito. I am intrigued by this and how this, with multi-factor authentication (MFA), would compare with something like SAML 2.0 and MFA.
As usual there were some interesting customer talks. I found the one from Duolingo to be quite interesting. They offer 80 different language courses for free, supporting over 18 million users per month, running 6 billion exercises. Their whole environment is managed by 2 DevOps folks!
Not only is it eye-opening to see the innovations that AWS is continuously releasing into their ecosystem, it’s also great to meet and talk with AWS customers face-to-face and talk shop.
At ParkMyCloud, we’re always working on AWS cost-reduction strategies for our customers. We want to bring the cost savings to you… so we’re going on the road!
We’ve got a full schedule of events lined up for this spring. Check it out, and see if we’ll be near you:
Chicago AWS Meetup
March 22, 2016
We’re sponsoring next Tuesday’s edition of the Chicago AWS meetup. The topic will be Lambda functions and serverless architectures, including presentations on “The Serverless Framework in Action” and “Lambda-fying a Legacy Webapp.” If you’re in the Chicago area and like free pizza and beer, come on out:
ParkMyCloud will be participating in this spring’s celebration of startups with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA). The TechBuzz event highlights up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic, and attendees include entrepreneurs, investors, tech firms, and others interested in the region’s technology. Learn more here:
ParkMyCloud is one of the sponsors of the Chicago AWS Summit. Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. This free event is designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform, and offer existing customers information on architecture best practices and new services. Come early to hear an exciting keynote with updates on AWS solutions, great customer stories and attend the afternoon breakout sessions covering hot topics like new services, architecture, performance, and operations. If you’re interested, please see more information:
A few days after meeting with AWS users in Chicago, ParkMyCloud will head to New York for NY TechDay, the largest assembly of the tech community under one roof. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of NY TechDay! Attendance is free, so if you’re in the area, come on out:
In May we’ll head to the Research Triangle area for Techbreakfast. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations. Attendance is free (and includes breakfast!), so check it out: