Anyone who has used Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances is familiar with their various instance “states”: running (on), stopped (shut down), rebooted (restarted) and terminated (destroyed).

ParkMyCloud's new state for AWS EC2 instances: parked. We created ParkMyCloud to do one simple thing very easily: enable AWS EC2 users to reduce their spending by automatically scheduling on and off times for instances when they are not being used. We call it “parking.”

We didn’t realize until a tech industry analyst mentioned it that we had essentially created a new state that sits between started and stopped: “parked.” He’s right.  While AWS allows you to start, stop, reboot or terminate instances, it doesn’t enable you to temporarily stop or “pause” an instance. And because AWS EC2 instances are billed hourly and “always on,” you’re always paying for them even if you’re not using them. Parking idle instances will help customers reduce their AWS bills by more than 20%.

So while we did not set out to invent this new state, we’ll certainly take credit for it.

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.