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.

There are a number of different ways to reduce cloud costs, but these do not necessarily result in achieving cloud cost control. For example, asking developers to switch off their non-production development, staging and testing resources when they are not required lacks accountability and fails to prevent additional cloud deployment.

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 to the resources, 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 EC2, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.

More than that, ParkMyCloud´s single-view dashboard gives total visibility over a business´s cloud accounts. With this view, IT managers can see what resources are deployed in the cloud, identify unused resources, when non-production resources are scheduled to be stopped, and if the business´s cloud spend can be optimized by revising the schedules.

ParkMyCloud can Reduce Cloud Costs by up to 65% – Or More

The improved governance of your business´s cloud accounts can have a significant impact on cloud cost control and cloud costs in general. If, for example, you were to implement a business-wide “parking” schedule of 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday to Friday and all day at weekends, you would reduce the cost of deploying non-production instances in the cloud by almost 65%.

However, 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 don´t even have to worry about developers remembering to return the resources to their parked state. Safeguards exist to stop unused resources after a period of inactivity.

Take Advantage of Free Cloud Cost Control from ParkMyCloud

If you have reached the stage of your “cloud awareness journey” at which you need to find ways to control cloud deployment costs, 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 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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