An EC2 scheduler is an ideal tool for any organization aiming to optimize its AWS costs. More cost-effective than having developers write AWS automation scripts for scheduling, and more reliable than the manual process of switching off idle instances, an EC2 scheduler can be configured with just a few clicks of a mouse to turn off non-production instances when they are not required.

In addition to providing a means to automate EC2 schedules easily, an EC2 scheduler also assists organizations with governance for their AWS accounts. The application to automate EC2 schedules provides a single-view dashboard of all an organization´s accounts. This view enables administrators to create role and team structures, set permission levels and monitor activity.

How an EC2 Scheduler Optimizes AWS Costs

An EC2 scheduler is an app that users log into with their IAM credentials or with an IAM role. The app identifies the instances assigned to the user´s AWS account and displays those suitable for scheduling. With information available about the Instance Purchasing Option, Type and Region, users can select those they wish to schedule (or “park”), or search for specific non-production instances to schedule.

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Users have a choice of parking their non-production instances using a pre-configured schedule (for example “On” from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday) or creating a schedule of their own. New parking schedules are easy to create with the interactive UI displaying the days of the week and times of the day on a grid. Users highlight the times they want non-production instances parked, and then apply the schedule to those instances for which it is appropriate.

Immediately the UI will display a figure representing the projected savings over the next thirty days. The value of the projected savings will increase as more non-production instances are added to the parking schedule. However, it is not necessary to apply the same parking schedule to all non-production instances. The EC2 scheduler can cater to as many different schedules as are required – an important consideration if your organization has deployed non-production instances across different time zones.

How Much Can an EC2 Scheduler Save?

There is no guesswork involved in how much an EC2 scheduler can save. As soon as the schedule is running, actual savings are displayed below the projected savings figure on the UI. The actual savings continue to grow throughout the thirty-day period, and a suite of reporting tools is available to administrators so that savings can be viewed and downloaded by teams and/or by credentials.

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Based on the pre-configured parking scheduled mentioned above (“On” from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday), an organization would reduce its AWS costs on non-production instances by more than 73%. AWS costs can be further optimized by creating an “always off” schedule, and then “snoozing” the schedule when access to the parked non-production instances is required.

In many cases the savings can be significant. From our case studies, Avid – a global audio and video technology company – reduced its annual AWS spend by $55,000 using ParkMyCloud´s EC2 scheduler, while the Tristar Medical Group – one of the largest health service providers in Australia – saves up to $20,000 per month by being able to automate EC2 instances with ParkMyCloud.

Automate EC2 Instances Easily with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a lightweight SaaS app to automate EC2 instances that helps organizations optimize its AWS costs, and getting started with ParkMyCloud is easy. Simply register for a free thirty-day trial with your email address, conduct a discovery of your AWS cloud computing resources, and you will get immediate access to our EC2 scheduler to start parking your non-production instances.

There are no set up fees or upfront costs, no credit cards required or contracts to sign. Our free trial offer gives your organization the opportunity to evaluate the benefits of ParkMyCloud while you only pay for the cloud computing power you use. At the end of the thirty-day trial, there is no obligation on you to continue with our service, and all the money your organization has saved is yours to keep.

If you would like to know more about our app to automate EC2 instances, or you have any questions about optimizing your AWS costs, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Services Team will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through how ParkMyCloud´s EC2 scheduler can be a cost-effective solution to optimizing AWS costs with just a few clicks of a mouse.

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