Alibaba Cloud Customers Can Now Reduce Up to $552M in Annual Waste with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud Provides Alibaba Cloud Customers with Continuous Cost Optimization by Turning Off Idle Resources

June 27, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it now provides automated cost optimization and reduction for Alibaba Cloud, the largest public cloud provider in China and a rapidly growing U.S. cloud provider. ParkMyCloud now supports four top cloud providers, with Alibaba joining Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

ParkMyCloud saves money by automatically turning off idle cloud resources, a process it calls “parking”. Customers including McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, and Unilever have integrated cost control into their DevOps processes using ParkMyCloud.

ParkMyCloud estimates that up to $552 million will be wasted on idle Alibaba Cloud resources this year – all of which can be easily saved with ParkMyCloud’s automated optimization and elimination of idle resources.

“ParkMyCloud has had an international customer base from the start, and we look forward to working with companies around the world that choose Alibaba as their primary cloud or as part of their multi-cloud strategy,” said Jay Chapel, ParkMyCloud CEO. “Given their rapid growth – over 100% growth for the 4th quarter, with more than 300 products and features launched – Alibaba is clearly putting a focus on innovation and development in the cloud space. We look forward to helping their customers optimize resource usage as Alibaba Cloud expands internationally.”

ParkMyCloud was founded in 2015 with initial support for AWS. It followed with support for Azure and GCP, while developing capabilities to allow DevOps users to fully automate cloud cost control with innovations such as SmartParking.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that automatically identifies and eliminates public cloud resource waste, reducing spending by 65% or more — think “Nest for the cloud.” AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud users such as McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software have used ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spending by millions of dollars. ParkMyCloud helps companies like these optimize and govern cloud usage by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. For more information, visit https://www.parkmycloud.com.

Contact

Katy Stalcup

kstalcup@parkmycloud.com

(571) 334-3291

ParkMyCloud Announces Scale Group Parking for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

Leading Cloud Cost Optimization Platform Expands Savings on Public Cloud Resources

May 31, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released cost optimization support for Microsoft Azure virtual machine scale sets and Google Cloud Platform managed instance groups.

The ParkMyCloud platform helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud saves money by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.

Azure scale sets and GCP managed instance groups are groups of cloud resources that are frequently used for redundancy and scaling purposes. For testing and development, common practice is to set up a non-production network architecture that mirrors production. All too often, the non-production environment is left running, wasting money on resources that aren’t being used. With ParkMyCloud cost control in place, users can automate “off” or “scaled down” schedules for these resources, ensuring that they only pay for services they are actually using.

“Customers using scale groups in public cloud are typically savvy users who are increasingly cost conscious,” said Bill Supernor, ParkMyCloud CTO. “With each release, we are expanding ParkMyCloud’s automation engine to support the cloud resources our customers are using.  This allows them to easily incorporate cost optimization with their DevOps process.”

Earlier this year, ParkMyCloud released automated usage-based cost optimization called “SmartParking” for AWS, Azure and GCP. In the coming months, ParkMyCloud plans to release support for Alibaba Cloud as well as additional resource types in AWS, Azure, and GCP.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that automatically identifies and eliminates public cloud resource waste, reducing spending by 65% or more — think “Nest for the cloud.” AWS, Azure and Google users such as McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software have used ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spending by millions of dollars. ParkMyCloud helps companies like these optimize and govern cloud usage by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. For more information, visit https://www.parkmycloud.com.

Contact

Katy Stalcup

kstalcup@parkmycloud.com

(571) 334-3291

New in ParkMyCloud: Park GCP Groups, Schedule Override, New Trial Experience, and More

New in ParkMyCloud: Park GCP Groups, Schedule Override, New Trial Experience, and More

Today, we share the latest update in ParkMyCloud, which highlights new types of GCP resources you can park, and updates for new and existing users alike.

Park GCP Groups

Now in ParkMyCloud, you can manage and optimize costs for your GCP Managed Instance Groups, both with and without Autoscaling. You can set parking schedules on these groups, but rather than simply turning them “on” and “off”, you can set “high” and “low” stages for your groups, for which you set a maximum and minimum number of resources, respectively. Some additional details:

  • GCP Managed Groups with Autoscaling can have a minimum size of 1 instance in the Low/Off state, and thus they can never be fully shut off to zero instances.
  • GCP Managed Groups without Autoscaling can have a minimum size of 0 instances in the Low/Off state, and can be fully shut off.
  • The Console will show the members of GCP Unmanaged Groups as “regular” resources, allowing them to be scheduled/controlled individually. You wish to assign them to ParkMyCloud Logical Groups in order to start and stop them as a set.

In order to allow ParkMyCloud to support management of GCP Instance Groups, please update your ParkMyCloud Access Role to include the latest set of permissions defined here in the User Guide.

What about other cloud service providers? ParkMyCloud already supports parking for AWS Auto Scaling groups. Management of Azure’s equivalent, Azure scale sets, is coming later this month.

Schedule “Snooze” is now “Override”

ParkMyCloud has long allowed you to “snooze” parking schedules — as in, snooze the on/off actions of the schedule, not the resource. But it was confusing — when people heard “snooze”, they incorrectly assumed it meant, “put the resource to sleep”.

So we’ve renamed it “override”. When you override a schedule on a resource, you can set it to your preferred state of running or parked, either for a set duration (e.g., override the schedule for 3 hours) or until a set time (e.g., override the schedule until 8:00 a.m. on May 16). After that time, normal schedule actions will resume.

For Existing Users…

This release includes a number of other updates that will interest existing users of ParkmyCloud:

    • Recommendations Export: The recommendations screen can now be exported to CSV, via a new Export button, for easy sharing and analysis.
    • Online Help: Each page on the console now has a “?” link to context-sensitive help from the PMC User Guide.
    • Teams: Superadmins now appear as greyed-out users on all team lists, showing their visibility into all teams.
    • Notifications: User-level notifications are now more obvious with a link from the org/team-level notifications screen.
  • Resources Screen:
    • The Schedule/Start/Stop/Team/Group buttons are now always visible, and only enabled when appropriate instances are checked, depending on the function of the button.
    • The resources screen is now more mobile-device friendly. There used to be an issue with how the screen scrolled, which is now fixed.
    • Performance improvements for customers with large numbers of schedules and recommendations.

For New Users…

Don’t tell the existing users above, but we’ve improved the ParkMyCloud free trial for new users. When you start a 14-day free trial, you will now be given Enterprise tier access to the product – that means unlimited instances, teams, users, and cloud accounts across providers in your trial ParkMyCloud account, access to the user import/export feature, database parking, SmartParking, and more. Check it out with a free trial.

ParkMyCloud Announces “SmartParking” for Google Cloud Platform

Cloud Cost Optimization Engine Automates Savings for “Big Three” Cloud Providers

Example of an automatically-generated SmartParking recommendation based on instance usage patterns.

April 3, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released SmartParkingTM for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), allowing GCP users to automate cloud cost optimization.

The ParkMyCloud platform helps customers of the “big three” cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and GCP, save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud does this by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.

This expansion of the SmartParking functionality to Google Cloud Platform comes on the heels of the release of SmartParking for Microsoft Azure in March. It uses Google Cloud Platform metric data to find patterns in instance utilization. ParkMyCloud then uses that data to automatically recommend specific parking schedules for each instance, designed to turn them off when they are typically idle. This maximizes savings on cloud resources by shutting the instances down when they are not being used. Using ParkMyCloud’s automated cost-saving technology, individual AWS and Azure customers have saved over $1 million on their cloud bills. Now, Google Cloud users, too, can eliminate wasted spend.

“We are consistently saving $15,000-25,000 a month using ParkMyCloud,” said Bill Gullicksen, Director of IT, QCentive. “It’s the perfect tool for what we needed, and in addition to the automation it also lets us provide access to developers, QA testers, and even data analysts and business folks to turn instances on and off without having to write a bunch of complex policies ”

“We’ve gotten great feedback on SmartParking from our AWS and Azure customers,” said ParkMyCloud CTO Bill Supernor. “Our Google customers have been looking forward to the same optimization opportunities, and we’re happy to deliver.”

Now that SmartParking has been achieved for all three major cloud providers, ParkMyCloud plans to develop cost-savings measures for other services within each cloud provider, and to expand to additional cloud providers.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that automatically identifies and eliminates public cloud resource waste, reducing spending by 65% or more — think “Nest for the cloud.” AWS, Azure and Google users such as McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software have used ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spending by millions of dollars. ParkMyCloud helps companies like these optimize and govern cloud usage by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. For more information, visit https://www.parkmycloud.com.

Contact

Katy Stalcup

kstalcup@parkmycloud.com

(571) 334-3291

ParkMyCloud Announces “SmartParking” for Microsoft Azure

Cloud Cost Optimization Platform Expands Powerful Automation Engine for Maximum Savings on Cloud Resources

March 13, 2018 (Dulles, VA) – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released SmartParking for Microsoft Azure, allowing Azure users to automate cloud cost optimization.

The ParkMyCloud platform helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform customers save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud saves money by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.

The newly released expansion of SmartParking — which was first released for AWS in January — uses Azure Monitor data to find patterns in virtual machine utilization. ParkMyCloud then uses that data to automatically recommend specific parking schedules for each virtual machine to turn them off when they are typically idle. This minimizes idle time to maximize savings on cloud resources.

SmartParking schedule automatically created from usage data

Using ParkMyCloud’s recommendations, some AWS customers are saving more than 80% on the cost of their cloud resources. Now, Azure users — which make up the fastest-growing portion of the cloud market — can get the same cost reduction, saving huge portions of cloud spend that would have otherwise been wasted.

“With this release, we extend the powerful SmartParking technology to Azure, allowing users to optimize their spend and savings,” said ParkMyCloud CTO Bill Supernor. “Our AWS customers have been excited about SmartParking, and we’re glad to now deliver it to our Azure users as well.”

ParkMyCloud customer Sysco Foods has more than 500 users across 50 teams using ParkMyCloud to manage their AWS environments. “When I’m asked by a team how they should use the tool, they’re exceedingly happy that they can go in and see when systems are idle,” Kurt Brochu, Sysco Foods’ Senior Manager of the Cloud Enablement Team, said of SmartParking. “To me, the magic is that the platform empowers the end user to make decisions for the betterment of the business.”

ParkMyCloud plans to release SmartParking for Google Cloud in April.

About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that automatically identifies and eliminates public cloud resource waste, reducing spending by 65% or more — think “Nest for the cloud.” AWS, Azure and Google users such as McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software have used ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spending by millions of dollars. ParkMyCloud helps companies like these optimize and govern cloud usage by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. For more information, visit https://www.parkmycloud.com.

Contact

Katy Stalcup

kstalcup@parkmycloud.com

(571) 334-3291

CloudHealth Technologies and ParkMyCloud Partner to Simplify Cloud Complexity, Cost and Control

CloudHealth Technologies, Leader in Hybrid Cloud Governance, and ParkMyCloud, Leader in Automated Cost Control, Join Forces to Save Companies Time and Money

January 11, 2018, BOSTON – CloudHealth Technologies, the leader in cloud service management, and ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, today announced they are partnering to marry the hybrid cloud governance of CloudHealth with the automated cost control of ParkMyCloud. ­­­

Customers leveraging the integrated solution will experience greater return on their cloud investments. They will be able to automate cloud cost control, simplify management, and consequently free up teams to focus on driving more strategic projects within their organizations.

Public cloud provides agility, efficiency and flexibility; however, as organizations ramp up in the public cloud, they often find consumption growing rapidly, leading to overspending and inefficient resource utilization. For many, this rising cost is unaccounted for. According to Gartner, “With increasing business unit IT spending on cloud services, IT leaders must prevent new risks, sprawl, cost overruns and missed SLAs. Dynamic optimization technology can help balance the benefits of agility with required governance controls for cloud services and virtualized infrastructure.”1

With CloudHealth’s expertise in cloud governance and management and ParkMyCloud’s specialization in cloud cost control, they can together provide complete visibility and control over multi-cloud environments, enabling customers to drive better business value. Joint customers will experience a seamless, integrated solution, including:

  • Improved Cloud ROI: Users will realize immediate cost savings with non-disruptive, policy-driven automation that helps to eliminate tedious tasks and enable teams to roll out new offerings and updates faster to market.
  • Ability to Drive More Strategic Projects: Rather than focusing on “keeping the lights on,” technical experts can shift their efforts to continuously innovate and thereby maintain a competitive advantage—not just business as usual.
  • Simplified Hybrid Cloud Governance: Broken down by environment, department, application, resource and more, this integrated offering empowers teams to implement better resource management through a simple and easy-to-use customizable dashboards for different personas such as CFO and CTO, among others.
  • Better Analytics: Users gain unparalleled insight and can use this visibility to make smarter business decisions.

“There are huge business gains to be reaped in the public cloud, but business transformation also brings complexity,” said Tom Axbey, CEO and President of CloudHealth Technologies. “In partnering with ParkMyCloud, we’re eliminating cloud management inefficiency and bridging t­­he divide between cost and utilization. We’re uniting disparate cloud environments, business ops and DevOps teams by equipping them with the tools they need to be agile and productive.”

“Our goal at ParkMyCloud has always been to help our customers do more with their cloud by saving time and money,” said Jay Chapel, CEO and Founder of ParkMyCloud. “That’s why we provide them with automated cost control, which we do by finding and turning off idle resources in AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. By collaborating with CloudHealth Technologies, we are providing customers with end-to-end visibility and control over their environments for optimized cloud usage and spend.”

“With ParkMyCloud, anyone in your organization can be responsible for their own cloud costs,” said Reed Savory, Connotate. “That’s immensely valuable and brings real cost savings. CloudHealth offers unparalleled rightsizing capabilities, among other things, so we know we aren’t leaving money on the table. Integrating these solutions will only further the simplicity and efficiency with which our team operates — even as we manage a rapidly scaling cloud environment.”

To learn more about how CloudHealth and ParkMyCloud are empowering customers through this partnership, https://www.cloudhealthtech.com/partners/integration-partners/parkmycloud.

[1] Gartner, Innovation Insight for Dynamic Optimization Technology for Infrastructure Resources and Cloud Services, Donna Scott and Milind Govekar, Refreshed: 6 February 2017 | Published: 29 February 2016.

About CloudHealth Technologies

CloudHealth, the recognized worldwide leader in the growing Cloud Service Management industry, provides integrated reporting, recommendations and active policy management to help companies control the problems associated with “cloud chaos.” Our comprehensive platform gives enterprise companies and MSPs the ability to visualize, optimize and govern their cloud and hybrid environments. By providing analysis and deep insight into historical trends, capacity planning, resource optimization and resource automation, CloudHealth enables stakeholders ranging from C-level executives to engineers, cloud specialists, architects, IT directors and LOB managers to improve performance and drive value through their cloud ecosystems. Well-known organizations that rely on CloudHealth’s capabilities and expertise include Amtrak, Dow Jones, Acquia, and Sumo Logic, among others. Based in Boston, the company is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, .406 Ventures and Sigma Prime Ventures. For continuous product updates, industry news and engagement, visit us at www.cloudhealthtech.com or follow us @cloudhealthtech.

Contact

Lauren Palazzo, Text100 for CloudHealth

Lauren.Palazzo@text100.com

(617) 399-4909

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About ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by automatically reducing resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Foster Moore, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

Contact

Katy Stalcup, ‎ParkMyCloud

kstalcup@parkmycloud.com

(571) 334-3291

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