You have two weapons in your kit. One is a multi-purpose Swiss Army Knife, useful throughout the campsite, but limited in effectiveness. The other is a spear, designed specifically for the hunt. Which do you have in hand when you attack?
What if the Amazon you’re exploring in isn’t the rainforest, but the massive cloud services provider, and the giant beast to tackle isn’t a cat, but your overwhelming spend?
In either situation, the spear is your best bet. To best attack, you need something single-purpose, streamlined to efficiently conquer the problem at hand.
Identifying the beast: What’s the pain point in enterprise public cloud?
A leading industry analyst recently remarked to us:
“AWS doesn’t have a core vested interested in helping customers save money!”
There it is: the jaguar in the trees, so to speak.
Last spring when we started developing the idea for ParkMyCloud, we asked ourselves: what is the biggest pain point for an enterprise in public cloud? We did our research, speaking with customers and industry analysts, and found our beast: cost control and optimization.
Then we said, where can we have the biggest impact? Compute spend makes up nearly 70% of an average monthly CSP bill, so we narrowed in there.
Third, who’s the biggest player? (Where’s the forest?) For this question, the answer was a no-brainer: Amazon Web Services (AWS).
At that time, and now, many vendors are trying to take on cost management and visibility. They offer solutions for Reserved Instance and Spot Instance management, look for orphaned resources, resize instances, provide chargeback and cost allocation, and look at usage. But they aren’t doing the obvious – turning off idle resources when not in use.
Sharpening the spear: Focusing on AWS cost savings
Another industry analyst recently said to us:
“I’m a big fan of products that do one thing and do it well. You want to land and expand from there.”
Since 2016 started, we have had several analyst calls, talked with many customers, and read about the need for simple, single purpose applications. Five months after launching ParkMyCloud, we know we’re on the right track. Everything points to simplification. Don’t be the Swiss Army Knife. Be the tip of the spear.
On this topic, we recommend this article from AWS VP & CTO, Werner Vogels: Simplification is the Technology Trend for 2016.
Arming yourself: Schedule those AWS instance on/off times
“AWS is terrific overall, but the costs can grow very quickly—so we thought ParkMyCloud could be way to reduce the recurring cost by automatically turning off unused instances. About 5 minutes into our free trial we were very impressed with how easy the set up was; we immediately saw our AWS instances in the dashboard and began parking. Then, about two weeks in, we were very pleased with the reduction in our AWS bill. We calculated that the payback period on ParkMyCloud’s fee for an entire 12 months was a little over 30 days. It was a slam dunk.”
Michael Primanzon, Director of Network Operations, Neustar
Our customers tell us that the “spear” we’ve created is pretty sharp. In ParkMyCloud, you can schedule on/off times for your instances using our calendars, or your own. We provide recommendations of “parkable” instances. Soon, we will roll out multi-user/multi-credential accounts. And all for about $1/instance/month.
So arm yourself for cost savings: check out ParkMyCloud today.