Cloud Management FAQs

What is ParkMyCloud?

What is ParkMyCloud and how does it work?

ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that automatically identifies and eliminates public cloud resource waste, reducing spending by 65% or more — think “Nest for the cloud.” AWS, Azure, and Google users such as McDonald’s, Sysco Foods, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software have used ParkMyCloud to cut their cloud spending by millions of dollars. ParkMyCloud helps companies like these optimize and govern cloud usage by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes.

It’s easy to get started using ParkMyCloud:

  1. Set up your ParkMyCloud account.(Free Trial. No credit card required.)
  2. Connect with your cloud service provider to discover your cloud computing resources.
  3. Start “parking” your cloud computing resources with scheduled “on/off” times.

Why do I need ParkMyCloud — what problem does it solve?

The popularity of cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Alibaba Cloud has exploded because they enable easy and rapid access to computing services with no upfront costs.

But hundreds of thousands of cloud customers are now realizing a downside to this ease of use: Cloud computing resources are “always on” unless customers specifically turn them off. Which means customers are paying for computing time they don’t actually use—for example, between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and on weekends.

ParkMyCloud is an easy-to-use platform designed to solve this problem by scheduling on/off times (also known as “parking”) for your idle cloud computing resources, so you pay only for the resources you’re using.

Which cloud service providers do you support?

ParkMyCloud supports Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Alibaba Cloud.

What actions does ParkMyCloud take on resources?

ParkMyCloud starts and stops resources, based upon a schedule you configure and apply. Your resources will not be terminated (except in the case of AWS Auto Scaling Groups). In AWS, ensure that you have selected stop, not terminate, as the default shutdown behavior:

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In the AWS and GCP consoles, when the instances are parked, an orderly ACPI shutdown is used and they will be in the “stopped” state.

In Azure, and orderly ACPI shutdown is also used, but your resources will be in the “stop (deallocate)” state when parked.

Who uses ParkMyCloud?

ParkMyCloud is used by public cloud customers of a variety of sizes and industries, including startups through Fortune 500 companies. Customers include McDonald’s, Fox, Unilever, Sage Software, Sysco, Siemens, National Geographic, Avid, and more.

Typically, the main users at a company are the same as those who manage cloud infrastructure, which can include Development, Operations, DevOps, ITOps, or Cloud/Infrastructure/Architecture managers.

Find out what these users say about ParkMyCloud by watching these user testimonials or reading reviews on Capterra.

Why should I use ParkMyCloud instead of scripting my own solution?

It is certainly possible to script a straightforward resource scheduling solution within your cloud provider.

However, this is more costly than you might think: it requires developer time to create, as well as the opportunity cost of the distraction from your core business. Don’t discount maintenance time – as you add more resources, types of resources, and accounts, your developers will need to update your solution to support those. Plus, schedule exceptions always arise, which requires more costly time for your developers to communicate with internal users to override the schedules. Many of our customers ParkMyCloud’s pricing will almost certainly win out in a cost comparison.

Scripting an on/off solution is also a complex undertaking. ParkMyCloud pulls your multiple accounts at multiple cloud providers into a single dashboard and provides Role-Based Access Control, which would be difficult to script. ParkMyCloud can park instances/VMs, scale groups, and databases – all adding to the development complexity.

See more about ParkMyCloud vs. scripting in this comparison sheet.

Setting up ParkMyCloud

What is ParkMyCloud's pricing model?

ParkMyCloud is charged on a monthly subscription basis, based on the number of cloud resources discovered  in your account. There are several pricing tiers available, including a free tier. See our pricing information learn more.

There are no upfront costs, and no hidden fees.

Do I have to download any software or plug-ins?

No. There’s no downloading and no plug-ins. ParkMyCloud is completely web-based, and can be accessed from your web browser.

How long does the ParkMyCloud setup process take?

The ParkMyCloud setup process typically takes fifteen minutes or less. It’s simple:

  1. Set up your ParkMyCloud account.(Free Trial. No credit card required.)
  2. Connect with your cloud service provider to discover your cloud resources.
  3. Start “parking” your cloud computing resources with scheduled “on/off” times.

How do I know which cloud resources I should park?

ParkMyCloud makes “SmartParking” recommendations based on resource utilization patterns, to turn resources off when they are typically not used. See how it works.

We will also recommend “parkable” instances based on resource tags – for example, resources tagged “dev”, “test”, “staging”, or “QA” can likely be turned off during nights and on weekends.

Reducing Costs with Parking

How much will I save using ParkMyCloud?

On average, ParkMyCloud users save $12 for every dollar spent on ParkMyCloud. Try the ParkMyCloud savings calculator to find your estimated savings.

What kind of cloud resources can ParkMyCloud park?

ParkMyCloud can park the following resources in each cloud provider:

  • AWS – EC2 instances, Auto Scaling Groups, and RDS instances.
  • Azure – virtual machines (VMs) and Azure Scale Sets.
  • GCP – virtual machine instances, both preemptible and non-preemptible, Google Cloud SQL Databases, and Google Managed Instance groups, both with and without autoscaling.
  • Alibaba Cloud – ECS instances.

When will I start seeing reductions in my cloud bill?

Once you have parked some of your cloud resources, you will immediately start cutting costs. ParkMyCloud will estimate those savings for you.

What does a typical parking schedule look like?

ParkMyCloud provides a few commonly-used parking schedules for you to apply, such as parked 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also choose to create your own.

See this example illustrated in the image below:

Or, use ParkMyCloud’s SmartParking recommendations to put resources on schedules to park when they are typically idle.

Some customers choose to use an always OFF schedule for all of their non-production servers, and have their developers temporarily override the schedule when they need to get work done.

How does ParkMyCloud support enterprise users?

Features that make it easy for you to manage your resources include:

  • Schedule Override temporarily override parking schedules to use resources outside of normal hours.
  • Operational Dashboard – manage cloud resources across multiple credentials, accounts, regions and providers in a single view.
  • Policy Engine – use policies to apply parking schedules and assign resources to user-limited teams.
  • Reporting – view, download, and email savings reports, organized by teams and credentials.
  • Users & Teams – govern user access and define permissions with role-based access controls.
  • Single Sign-On – add and govern users using SSO from ADFS, AzureAD, Centrify, Okta, OneLogin, or Ping Identity.
  • Public REST API – easily integrate ParkMyCloud into your CI/CD processes for continuous cost control.
  • ChatOps – control your resources and override schedules with Slack and Microsoft Teams bots.
  • Notifications – get notified of ParkMyCloud updates & activities via email or in your collaboration tools.

What time zones are ParkMyCloud schedules based on?

Each parking schedule allows the selection of a local time zone. For example, if you have a team in London, England you can select the correct GMT / UTC timezone and park instances for your UK team outside their local office hours. We recommend always adding a description to the schedules, for example, “Parked 23:00 – 06:00 London Time Monday to Sunday” to help when reviewing schedules.

Do you have a mobile app?

Yes, there is a free ParkMyCloud iOS app.

An Android app is planned as well.

My Account

What access does ParkMyCloud need to my cloud account?

ParkMyCloud can manage resources in AWS, Azure, and GCP.  We take a minimal approach to the permissions needed for this access.  ParkMyCloud can use IAM Roles or IAM Users to access AWS, Limited Access Roles to access Azure, or Service Accounts for GCP.  See more details on the exact permissions used for each of these and how to set them up.

What reporting does ParkMyCloud provide?

ParkMyCloud provides a reporting dashboard with a variety of financial, resource-based, and administrative report options. For example, see daily savings by cloud provider, or cost vs. savings, by team, or resource uptime. A full list of reports is available in the ParkMyCloud user guide.

These reports can also be downloaded, or email them to yourself or your coworkers in a single occurrence or on a regular customizable schedule.

Here is an example of a reporting dashboard:

How does ParkMyCloud handle Role-Based Access Controls?

ParkMyCloud has four user roles: Super Admins have full access; Team Leads can manage users and resources on their teams; Team Members can only manage resources on the teams to which they’ve been assigned; and Purchasers have access to billing/payment info. More information is available in our user guide.

There is also a Team structure in ParkMyCloud. Resources can each be assigned to a single team. Users can be assigned to multiple teams for limited access.

What happens if I do a free trial and then do not subscribe to ParkMyCloud?

After the free trial ends, you have the option of continuing to use ParkMyCloud with either a paid or free subscription. If you use the free tier, you can continue to use ParkMyCloud for free for as long as you’d like.

If a valid cloud provider credential is not maintained, or the account is not in good standing for 30 days, your account will be deleted. Contact us with any further questions.