How to Achieve Cloud Cost Control

Achieving cloud cost control is an important stage of any business´s “cloud awareness journey”. It is usually the third stage of the “journey” after a business has identified the benefits of deploying resources in the cloud and enthusiastically taken advantage of them – sometimes too enthusiastically, resulting in the need to control cloud deployment costs.

If you are deploying assets on AWS, there is a number of ways to temporarily exercise EC2 cost control, but these do not necessarily result in achieving permanent cloud cost control. For example, asking developers to switch off their non-production development, staging and testing instances when they are not required lacks accountability and fails to enforce accountability.

Writing Scheduling Scripts to Control Cloud Deployment Costs is not Effective

Many business´s looking at ways to control cloud deployment costs will consider writing scheduling scripts to stop and restart their non-production resources when they are not required. Although this may achieve the objective of reducing cloud costs, the cost of the developer´s time spent writing and maintaining the scheduling scripts could exceed how much the business saves.

Furthermore, writing scheduling scripts still does not provide the accountability businesses need to achieve and maintain cloud cost control. Without full visibility over cloud accounts, the resources deployed on them, and the stop/start schedules applied, it is difficult for IT managers to control cloud deployment costs and plan ahead in terms of capacity and budget.

How to Achieve Cloud Cost Control with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud offers businesses the opportunity to achieve and maintain cloud cost control via a lightweight SaaS platform. Through our platform, IT managers and developers can control cloud deployment costs by automating stop/start times for non-production resources on Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.

More than that, ParkMyCloud helps IT managers identify over-provisioned instances and resources that are no longer required – for example unattached storage volumes. For example, if a business is using Amazon AWS, ParkMyCloud can help EC2 cost control by identifying unattached TBS volumes and recommended they are terminated – along with any other zombie assets serving no useful purpose.

ParkMyCloud can Reduce Cloud Costs by 64% – Or More

Automating start/stop times for AWS EC2 instances (or Azure VMs and Google VM instances) is one of the best ways to reduce cloud costs, and – as the table below illustrates – you could cut the cost of deploying VMs and instances in the cloud by 64% or more. The indirect savings made by following ParkMyCloud´s rightsizing recommendations could help you eliminate cloud waste altogether.

ParkMyCloud can Reduce Cloud Costs by 64% – Or More
Schedule Start Time Stop Time Hours Saved Costs Reduced by
Mon-Sun 8.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. 98 per week 58%
Mon-Sun 9.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 91 per week 54%
Mon-Sat 7.00 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 96 per week 57%
Mon-Sat 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 120 per week 71%
Mon-Fri 7.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m. 98 per week 58%
Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 108 per week 64%
Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. 128 per week 76%

In addition to the above, if you were to permanently “park” your non-production resources, and snooze the parking schedules when access to the resources is required, you could save much more. You do not even have to worry about developers remembering to return instances to their parked state. Safeguards exist to stop unused resources after a period of inactivity.

Take Advantage of Free EC2 Cost Control from ParkMyCloud

If you have reached the stage of your “cloud awareness journey” at which you need to find ways to exercise Ec2 cost control, why not take a free trial of ParkMyCloud to see how it can help your business achieve cloud cost control. To start your free trial, simply click the “Try it Free” button and tell us a little about yourself to get started.

During the trial, whenever you apply a new parking schedule, our single-view dashboard will project your cloud cost savings over the next thirty days. These projections change to actual savings once the schedules are operating and, at the end of the trial, whatever you have saved is yours to keep. Once the trial has ended, you then have three options:

  1. Take out a paid-for subscription with ParkMyCloud. The cost will vary according to the level of service you require, but our software typically pays for itself within two months.
  2. Continue using a feature-limited version of ParkMyCloud for free. You will still enjoy the same level of savings, but will not have so much cloud cost control.
  3. Forget about ParkMyCloud and go back to paying for compute resources you are not using.

If you have any questions about how to control cloud deployment costs before starting our free trial, do not hesitate to get in touch. Naturally our Customer Support team will be available throughout your EC2 cost control trial to guide you through our software´s features, to help you optimize your parking schedules and to help you achieve cloud cost control with ParkMyCloud.

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