chewbacca-savingsIf you go to a showing of Star Wars this week, you’ll more than likely see some geeksyou know, techies, nerds, propeller-heads, reformed trekkies. There’s also a good chance many of these folks are AWS customers and, unfortunately while they’re off in Wookie-land, their unused AWS instances are still running with costs adding up each minute.

Not Wasteful Bob. Before Bob left the office for Christmas break, he decided to give his AWS instances a short vacation. A bit of a cloud sabbatical, if you will.  You see, Bob realized that with the entire development and QA team out during the holiday, his company’s non-production development, test, and QA servers would not be touched for 72 hours…yet Bob would still be paying for them.

With a few simple clicks on his ParkMyCloud dashboard, Bob programmed those AWS instances to shut down at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and back on again at 5:00 a.m. on the following Monday.

He then logged onto Fandango to get a ticket to the 8:00 p.m. showing of Star Wars at one of those new, luxurious, reserved LaZBoy seating, bring-your-beer-inside theaters. Bob looked around wondering how many the other tech folks in the theater had neglected to give their AWS instances some time off. Where’s the holiday spirit?


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. Before he discovered ParkMyCloud, 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.

Read the rest of Bob’s adventures

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.