Today, let’s take a look at how you can manage parking recommendations in ParkMyCloud to ensure you’re getting the maximum savings on your AWS EC2 environment.

What are Parking Recommendations, and What Instances Does ParkMyCloud Recommend as Parkable?

In ParkMyCloud, you can park any On Demand EC2 instance you choose to simply by selecting it – which is great when you already know what you want to park. However, sometimes, especially in larger environments, it may be difficult to determine what should be parked — or you may simply miss an instance or two.
That’s why ParkMyCloud provides parking recommendations; that is, we highlight instances that may be good candidates to be assigned a parking schedule of on/off times.

Today, parking recommendations are based on keywords, searched for in the instance name and tags. When you create your ParkMyCloud account, we’ll automatically recommend based on a few common keywords: dev, test, staging, QA, and sandbox. These particular keywords are usually associated with non-production environments that are not required to run 24×7. When those keywords are matched in instance names and in keywords, we’ll recommend that instance to be parked. We only recommend instances that don’t already have a schedule attached to them.

Coming soon, we will also recommend instances to park based on usage metrics, such as CPU utilization, and allow you to create policies to automatically park instances when they match your keyword or usage parameters. (Let us know if you’d like to be updated when these capabilities are rolled out!)

How to Manage What’s Recommended

Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to manage your parking recommendations:

To edit your recommendation keywords:

  1. Log in to your ParkMyCloud account and start at the dashboard. On the Parking Recommendations bar above the list of instances, click “show” on the right side to see your recommendations. They will come up highlighted in yellow.
  2. Click “edit keywords” to see what keywords you currently have in place. Add or remove keywords to match your environment and click “save.”
  3. (Optional) If you want certain instances to be omitted from parking recommendations in the future, select those instances and click “ignore recommendations” in the parking recommendations bar.

To park your recommended instances, simply select them via the Bulk Action column on the left side (or individually via the Schedule column on the right side) and park as usual.

Please comment below if you have any questions.

About Dale Wickizer

Dale brings over 30 years of technology and engineering experience to his role as co-founder and Chief Technology Office (CTO) at ParkMyCloud. After experiencing the problem of growing cloud spend first-hand, and discovering that there was no simple way to solve it, Dale teamed up with co-founder Jay Chapel to create ParkMyCloud to solve the problem of cloud waste. Before founding ParkMyCloud, Dale was the CTO of the U.S. Public Sector at NetApp, Inc. where he set the future technology and product direction and managed key customer relationships. Prior to NetApp, Dale was an Associate Partner and IT Infrastructure Architect at Accenture, where he helped large enterprises plan and execute IT transformations, data center consolidations, and application deployments. Dale holds both a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Springfield, VA.