Webinar Recap: ParkMyCloud + CloudHealth for Hybrid Cloud Governance and Cost Optimization

We recently announced that ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth Technologies have joined forces, merging cloud cost optimization with hybrid cloud governance and bringing you the best of both worlds. To demonstrate the value of this partnership, we held a joint webinar last week to discuss the customer case study of Connotate – a business that specializes in providing web data extraction solutions, and was able to optimize their cloud environment and maximize their ROI thanks to ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth, together.  

The webinar panel included Chris Parlette – Director of Cloud Solutions at ParkMyCloud, JP Nahmias – Director of Product Development at CloudHealth, and Andrew Dawson – Solutions Architect at CloudHealth and the person who worked directly with Reed Savory – Director of IT at Connotate, to help in adopting the two platforms. You can replay the entire webinar, or if you prefer, check out the recap below:

CloudHealth Technologies: Leader in Cloud Management & Hybrid Cloud Governance

CloudHealth Technologies manages $4.1 billion worth of spend in cloud management – just above a quarter of Amazon’s total in AWS. CloudHealth boasts a robust infrastructure, incurring about $100 million in monthly RI purchases from their clients.

CloudHealth works by collecting data from various different cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google) and consolidating the data into various different tables, taking the information and evaluating your cloud environment based on the different metrics you’re interested in, such as cost, usage, optimization, etc. CloudHealth reports metrics directly to you, but also takes a step further by optimizing your infrastructure, making recommendations, and providing hybrid cloud governance. As the customer takes the recommended actions, CloudHealth automates the environment for them.

ParkMyCloud: Leader in Cloud Cost Optimization

ParkMyCloud was created  to help cloud users realize cost savings in a world of tools that give cloud users visibility into their environment without helping them take action.

ParkMyCloud automates cloud cost savings by integrating into DevOps processes. The need for such a tool came to fruition after enterprises migrated to the cloud thinking it was supposed to be cheaper, but when their bill came at the end of the month, they noticed that something wasn’t right. That something is called cloud waste.  

The Cloud Waste Problem

  1. Always on means always paying. Cloud services are like any other public utility, you pay for what you use. If you leave them running, you continue paying whether you’re actually using them or not.
    • 44% of workloads are classified as non-production (i.e. test, development, staging, etc.) and don’t need to run 24/7
  2. Over-provisioning. Are you using more than you need with oversized resources?
    • 55% or all public cloud resources are not correctly sized for their workloads.  
  3. Inventory waste.   
    • 15% of spend on paying resources which are no longer used.

Read more about cloud waste in this recent blog post.

ParkMyCloud Automates Continuous Cost Control

Not only does ParkMyCloud cut your cloud costs and eliminate waste, we make it easy through automation. Some of the ways we automate the process include:

  • Visibility and control across multiple clouds (AWS, Azure, and Google), accounts, and regions in a single UI
  • User governance – RBAC and SSO for multi-tenant user control and enterprise security
  • DevOps Integration – Policy engine, REST API, and Slack integration to automate continued cost control
  • Actionable cost control – policy driven, automated cost control for compute and database resources

ParkMyCloud Integrates Cost Control into CloudOps

ParkMyCloud also integrates with DevOps tools and into various DevOps tool kits, including:

    • Single sign-on – including Okta, Ping, ADSS, Centrify, and more, which as you go further into identity management, is a requirement for quite a few platforms.
    • DevOps & CI/CD tools – such as CHEF, Puppet, and Atlassian Bamboo
    • Chat & notification – notifications through chat services like Slack and HipChat, or via email. 
    • IT Service Management – integrates with ITSM tools to provide a one-stop shop for costs and savings information
    • Monitoring & Logging – pushing to monitoring tools, like Splunk or DataDog, but also reading information from those tools.

Connotate: A ParkMyCloud & CloudHealth Success Story

Connotate is a provider of web data extraction solutions. They make the internet a database for customers to use and ingest, harvesting data for things like price comparisons and financial analysis. Connotate differentiates from competitors because of its ease of use; anyone can easily go in and highlight a web page in a browser to extract data, and they’re able to extract from both static and dynamic web content.

Connotate had a legacy deployment in AWS along with a ton of data centers all over the U.S. Last year they decided to shut down all those data centers and go from a small AWS footprint to moving everything to Amazon. With thousands of VMs and physical servers that needed to migrate to the cloud, Connotate quickly realized that planning the migration themselves was taking extensive work and planning.

Connotate needed something to help smooth over their migration to the cloud, a tool that would give them financial visibility and predictability to model their cloud costs with. They used CloudHealth’s migration assessment to run analysis against all their data center workloads, which suggested what AWS instance to use and predicted the cost to run it, giving transparency for how to run migration before it actually happens.

Migrating to the cloud with confidence

A few months after moving their infrastructure to the cloud, Connotate found that CloudHealth’s predicted numbers for cloud costs were within $400 of their actual spend after the migration. After seeing the results, they continued doing all of their Amazon cloud monitoring through CloudHealth.  

Saving money automatically in AWS

To help control cloud costs, Connotate turned to ParkMyCloud. One of their business models involves data harvesting for customers that don’t want to do it themselves, and to do this, they use hundred virtual machines through Amazon for data retrieval and sending data back to customers. Essentially they were spinning up servers, harvesting the data, and then spinning them back down. Virtual machines were also being used by the sales team and other non-tech people for the purpose of running a demo. The servers were left running 24/7, resulting in waste for the organization. Connotate needed a tool for the scheduling servers that was user-friendly enough for non-technical people, but technical enough to be a tool that could also be used efficiently for the DevOps team in the organization.

ParkMyCloud checked all the boxes they needed to turn off servers after they were spun up, and the simple web UI really helped the non-tech people know how and when to use it, as well as not be afraid to use it. ParkMyCloud is now a big portion of Connotate’s business for cost control, and one of the major methods they use today for containing cloud sprawl.

ParkMyCloud & CloudHealth: Better Together for Efficient Cloud Management

Now that Connotate has fully migrated to Amazon, they’re making common use of CloudHealth’s rightsizing capabilities and using rightsizing reporting to understand how to better utilize their servers, as well as ParkMyCloud to park unnecessary test servers that shouldn’t be left on 24/7. Using both tools in tandem results in more efficiency, cost control, and transparency into the entire cloud and on-premise environment – a win for all!

A technical integration is in the works, which will encompass:

  • Importing cost and savings data from ParkMyCloud into CloudHealth, so you can see what you’ve been doing in ParkMyCloud within CloudHealth
  • Using CloudHealth recommendations to trigger parking actions in ParkMyCloud
  • And more, based on customer feedback

With ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth together, users can maximize hybrid cloud governance, cost visibility, cost savings, and make their CFOs happy. For a live demo of ParkMyCloud and more information about the integration – watch the entire webinar.   

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.

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