How to Achieve a Cloud Cost Reduction

One of the most effective ways of achieving a cloud cost reduction is by implementing a process to switch off non-production resources when they are not required. However, not every process is guaranteed to be cost-effective or result in long-term optimization.

Take, for example, scheduling scripts. Depending on the volume of non-production resources deployed in the cloud – and the variety of schedules required to meet your requirements – it can cost more money to write and maintain scheduling scripts than you will save by using them.

Other than scheduling scripts, you can ask developers to switch off their non-production resources manually when they are not using them or pay for a cloud management system to help you achieve a cloud cost reduction. Neither are entirely suitable. Developers are prone to forgetfulness and cloud management systems contain multiple features you will pay for but are unlikely to use.

A compromise solution to achieve a cloud cost reduction is scheduling software from ParkMyCloud. ParkMyCloud automates the scheduling process more cost-effectively and with more flexibility than scheduling scripts. It is more reliable than the manual process of switching non-production resources on and off; and, as ParkMyCloud only automates the scheduling process, that is all you ever pay for.

Using ParkMyCloud to Achieve a Cloud Cost Reduction

Using ParkMyCloud to achieve a cloud cost reduction could not be any simpler. All you have to do is log into your cloud accounts via ParkMyCloud´s SaaS portal and create a permissions-limited credential for our app. The app will conduct a discovery of your cloud resources and list them on a single-view dashboard, highlighting those that are suitable for scheduling.

You can either apply a single scheduling policy to all the highlighted resources, or apply separate scheduling policies to individual resources or groups of resources. Once the policies are confirmed, the dashboard displays a figure indicating the cloud cost reduction over the next thirty days. If necessary you can easily adjust the policies to achieve a more substantial cloud cost reduction.

To make the application of scheduling policies easier, ParkMyCloud has several preconfigured policies. One of the most popular of these (“off” from 8:00 p.m. in the evening until 8:00 a.m. in the morning, and at weekends) saves businesses nearly 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances in the cloud. However you should also investigate the “Always Parked” option to maximize flexibility.

The “Always Parked” option is ideal for development teams that work irregular hours or who move from one project to another. As the name suggests, the resources are permanently switched off until somebody needs access to them, when – with a click of a mouse – the scheduling policy can be interrupted. “Always Parked” policies reactivate automatically after a period of inactivity if developers forget to return the resources to their dormant state.

Achieving a Long-Term Cloud Cost Reduction through Improved Governance

Achieving any cloud cost reduction is always welcome, but sustaining the reduction can often be frustrating when developers are keen to deploy more resources. With ParkMyCloud, you can monitor all cloud activity with total visibility across all your accounts. A comprehensive reporting suite and access to audit logs keeps you on top of who is doing what within your accounts.

It is also possible to set up Role-Based Access Controls to increase accountability and email alerts to advise you of when an action is blocked by the Policy Engine. These tools to achieve a long-term cloud cost reduction are easy to set up and our Technical Support team is available during normal working hours if you need any help or advice improving the governance of your accounts.

One further benefit of having total visibility across all your accounts is that you will be able to identify overprovisioned resources. These can be right-sized or moved to a different pricing plan to reduce your costs further, or – in the case you discover resources that are no longer required – terminated. Due to the additional cost reductions you can achieve, ParkMyCloud typically pays for itself within two months. However, before committing to using our scheduling software, why not try it for free?

We are giving all business the opportunity to achieve a cloud cost reduction by offering a free trial of our scheduling software. There are no set-up costs nor obligation to continue using our service at the end of the trial, and all the money you save during the trial is yours to keep. To find out more about this opportunity, do not hesitate to contact us. Our Customer Support team will be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the registration process to start your free trial today.