Announcing Google Cloud Platform Cost Control with ParkMyCloud

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!

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

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

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.

New: ParkMyCloud Supports Centrify for Single Sign-On

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!

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

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.)

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.