Who is Wasteful Bob? He’s the IT infrastructure guy who leaves his home AC blasting away while he’s at work, his car running all night, and the water on in the bathroom after he leaves. Bob was also squandering thousands of dollars a month at work because there was no easy way to automatically turn off his non-production AWS instances when they’re not being used by his company’s developers and testers.

Loyal readers may recall that when we last left Wasteful Bob, he had just had a huge awakening at AWS re:Invent. That’s where he discovered ParkMyCloud, an application that allows AWS customers to turn off non-production instances when they’re not in use – such as midnight to 7:00 a.m. or during weekends.

Now that Bob (let’s call him Reforming Wasteful Bob) has embraced the idea of turning things off when not using them, he had a different challenge: aren’t there other ways to increase the efficiency of AWS spending? What about AWS Reserved Instances and Spot Instances? What about AWS Auto Scaling?  And don’t some people write scripts to program instance schedules?

Bob turned to Google and typed in “Schedule On/Off Times for Certain Instances.” First on the results page was – shocker – ParkMyCloud!  Bob already knew about ParkMyCloud but wondered if they had any useful background information on the topic. As he was scrolling down the page, the following screen popped up:

technology webinar

Fate! Destiny! Kismet! This webinar promised to address the very questions Bob had about the range of ways to reduce AWS costs.

Skeptical as he was about vendor webinars, Bob sensed something different here. Perhaps this company that had come up with such a useful product would actually deliver a useful webinar.

He signed up, thinking “Worst case, it’s 45 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Best case, I’ll save my company tens of thousands of dollars.”

Want to join Bob? Sign up for the webinar, “5 Ways to Reduce Your AWS Spending.

About Jay Chapel

Jay Chapel is the CEO and co-founder of ParkMyCloud. After spending several years in the cloud management space, Jay saw that there was no simple solution to the problem of wasted cloud spend - which led him to start ParkMyCloud in 2015. Before that, he spent 10+ years with Micromuse and IBM Tivoli, a provider of business infrastructure management software. After an acquisition by IBM, he led the successful sales integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business in Europe. He also held several regional and worldwide sales roles in Switzerland, the UK and the US. Jay earned both a BA in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia. Those few hours a month that Jay’s not busy with ParkMyCloud’s growth and success, you can find him on the ski slopes, on the soccer field, or on the golf course often accompanied by his three kids.