A quick search on the Internet provides plenty of software solutions for GCP cost management. Many of them go well beyond helping businesses manage GCP costs and include tools for every analytical process under the sun. Because of the add-ons, software solutions for GCP cost management can cost upwards of $500 per month. In most cases this is money you will spend for tools you are never likely to use.
A further criticism of software solutions for GCP cost management is the time you spend finding out how all the added-on tools work before realizing they are not that helpful. Time costs money, and we have discussed false economies before at ParkMyCloud in relation to the cost of writing and maintaining scheduling scripts compared with how much they will save. This is another false economy.
By comparison, ParkMyCloud is a lightweight SaaS app that helps businesses manage GCP costs by automating the scheduling process. It takes minutes to set up, minutes to understand and can save businesses up to 65% of the cost of deploying resources on Google Cloud Platform. In our opinion, that is how to do GCP cost management the easy way.
Saving GCP Costs with ParkMyCloud
The process of saving GCP costs with ParkMyCloud is straightforward. System administrators create a limited-permissions role for the app and allow it to conduct a discovery of the business´s cloud accounts. Once finished, a full list of cloud-deployed resources is displayed on a single-view dashboard, with recommendations alongside the list about which resources are suitable for scheduling (or “parking”).
System administrators can select one of several preconfigured parking schedules to apply to the recommended resources or create a schedule of their own via a click-and-apply grid. The same schedules do not have to be applied to all the recommended resources, and system administrators can chose to apply parking schedules individually or in groups depending on their specific requirements.
Alternatively, system administrators can delegate the scheduling process to their development teams. Each team can selected which of their resources they want to schedule for parking and when they want to park them. Once confirmed, the projected savings for each schedule is displayed on the administrative dashboard and, once schedules are activated, an actual savings figure is also displayed.
How ParkMyCloud Helps Manage GCP Costs
Saving GCP costs and managing GCP costs are two different things. Businesses can save costs in the short term via many different measures. To achieve long-term GCP savings, the deployment of resources on Google Cloud Platform has to be managed effectively. ParkMyCloud´s enables system administrators to effectively manage GCP costs by providing total visibility of a business´s cloud-deployed resources.
This view provides a channel for governance. System administrators can review the projected and actual savings from each parking schedule – making amendments where necessary to maximize savings – see when new resources have been deployed, and identify underused and unused resources. This level of governance increases accountability and helps maintain GCP savings in the long-term.
GCP cost management is also provided via a comprehensive suite of reports and audit logs. System administrators can pull reports by instance, by credential, by user or by team to give them complete oversight of activity in the cloud. The data provided in the reports can be vital for accurate planning and budgeting for future projects and capacity requirements.
Try ParkMyCloud´s Easy GCP Cost Management for Free
Before you invest in expensive GCP cost management software, we invite you to take a free trial of ParkMyCloud. Our free trial allows you to schedule on/off times for an unlimited number of resources over five credentials, twenty users, or ten teams of users. You can also use the same free trial to manage your resources deployed on AWS and Azure, and whatever you save is yours to keep.
Throughout the trial, you will be able to evaluate the benefits of managing GCP costs permanently with ParkMyCloud; and, at the end of the trial, you have the option of taking out a competitively-priced subscription or continuing to use a feature-limited version of our software for free. To start your free trial of ParkMyCloud, simply click any “Try it Free” link.
Alternatively, if you would like to know more about GCP cost management and ParkMyCloud prior to starting your free trial, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of Customer Support Representatives will be happy to answer any questions you have and will guide you through the features of our scheduling software with relevance to how they may apply in your specific circumstances.