There are several different ways to get discounts on Google Cloud Platform. You can get Sustained Use discounts for using large volumes of resources, Committed Use discounts for planning your usage of the Platform years in advance, or Preemptible Use discounts if you have non-essential instances that can be run whenever the capacity is available.
However, these discounts are not the most efficient way to save costs for businesses with essential, non-production instances. Although businesses in this category will be able to benefit from the discounts on Google Cloud Platform for Sustained Use and Committed Use, they are still paying for non-production instances when they are not being used – for example overnight and at weekends.
How to Save More than 60% on the Cost of Non-Production Instances
The way to save more than 60% on the cost of non-production instances – and get discounts on Google Cloud Platform higher than the maximum Sustained Use discount – is to switch them off when they are not needed. In order to achieve this level of saving, developers could be instructed to switch their non-production instances off when they have finished using them, but this method is not the most reliable.
Alternatively, developers could be reassigned from their core projects to write scheduling scripts. This can be cost-effective if the business wants to schedule the same on/off times for a small number of non-production instances, but it is impractical for larger businesses that use a lot of development, staging and testing instances or that have teams that work irregular hours or in irregular patterns.
Scheduling Software is a Simpler, More Efficient Solution
By comparison, using scheduling software from ParkMyCloud to get discounts of Google Cloud Platform is a simpler, more efficient solution. System administrators simply allow ParkMyCloud to run a discovery of the business´s resources, and our app identifies which resources are suitable for scheduling (or “parking”) based on their names and tags.
Administrators can choose from a selection of preconfigured parking schedules or create new schedules to fit the business´s specific requirements and apply them to the non-production instances with the click of a mouse. It is also possible to interrupt schedules via a “snooze” function to meet the demands of development teams that work irregular hours or in irregular patterns.
Further Advantages of ParkMyCloud´s Scheduling Software
One of the biggest challenges of cost-saving exercises is maintaining the cost savings once they have been achieved. ParkMyCloud helps overcome this challenge by including features such as role-based access controls and administrator alerts in order to increase accountability and help improve the governance of resources deployed on Google Cloud Platform.
In our opinion, it is also important to know in advance how much a cost-savings exercise can save to justify the time and effort of the cost-savings exercise. For this reason we have included a feature that projects how much each parking schedule will save over the next thirty days once it is applied. In our experience, this feature also helps businesses with budgeting and capacity planning.
Get Discounts on Google Cloud Platform with ParkMyCloud for Free
To find out how much discount you could get on Google Cloud Platform by parking non-production instances when they are not required, we invite you to take a free trial of ParkMyCloud. Your trial of our fully-enabled scheduling software will give you the opportunity to run a discovery of your resources, apply an unlimited number of parking schedules, and save more than 60% of the cost of deploying non-production instances on Google Cloud Platform.
In order to take advantage of this opportunity, click on the “Try it Free” button at the top of the page. Alternatively, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about ParkMyCloud and how it can help you get discounts on Google Cloud Platform. Our friendly Customer Support team will be happy to answer any questions you have and explain how using ParkMyCloud in tandem with existing Google discounts can maximize the savings you can achieve.