Among the many different applications for managing instances deployed on Google´s Compute Engine platform, few address the issue of Google cloud cost management. Google´s Compute Engine is not particularly expensive – indeed, at an instance level, the platform often performs well in cost-comparisons with other IaaS providers. However, if your business runs multiple instance on the platform, the cost can be significant.
Options for Reducing Cloud Compute Costs
There are several options for reducing cloud compute costs – whatever platform is used by your developers. Internal resources can be reallocated to develop scheduling scripts for non-production instances. Alternatively developers could be reminded to log into the Google Compute Engine console whenever they have finished using a non-production instance in order to switch it off manually.
Neither solution is without its drawbacks. If you reallocate internal resources to develop scheduling scripts, the cost in lost production may be more than the savings generated by the scheduling scripts. If your cost-reducing strategy is to rely on developers switching off non-production instances, any number of distractions could prevent your strategy from being successful. For these reasons, we have developed an application for managing Google cloud costs that is cost-effective and easy to use.
What Google Cloud Cost Management Software Does
Google Cloud cost management software automates the scheduling process for non-production instances. Most developing, testing and staging instances are not used for more than 60 hours each week. For the remaining 108 hours each week, non-production instances lay idle. Unless they are temporarily stopped – or “parked” – businesses are still being charged for the unused compute power.
Our application for managing Google cloud costs – “ParkMyCloud” – eliminates the need for internal resources to be reallocated in order to develop scheduling scripts, or for developers to be reminded about switching off non-production instances when they are not required. ParkMyCloud also assists administrators with governance and account manageability via a single view dashboard.
How ParkMyCloud Parks Non-Production Instances
ParkMyCloud is a versatile and lightweight SaaS application, through which users connect to their Google accounts. Our Google cloud cost management software locates all the user´s instances and recommends which are suitable for parking based on their names and the tags allocated to them. Users accept the recommendations, or adjust them as necessary before confirming the final selection.
Users then have a choice of selecting a pre-configured parking schedule (for example parked between 7:00pm and 7:00am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends) or creating their own. If they wish to create their own, the UI displays a grid representing days of the week and times of the day. The user picks which hours they want to park their non-production instances, and confirms the selection.
Once this process is completed, the UI displays how much will be saved over the next thirty days. Once the schedule is implemented, and the non-production instances are parked overnight, the UI displays how much money has actually been saved. For reducing cloud compute costs to the maximum, users can select an “always off” parking schedule as their default schedule, and snooze the schedule when access to the parked instance is required.
The Benefits of Our Application for Managing Google Cloud Costs
In financial terms, the benefits of our application for managing Google cloud costs can be substantial. Businesses parking their non-production instances using the pre-configured parking schedule mentioned above (7:00pm and 7:00am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends) would be reducing cloud compute costs for non-production instances by 64% – more if they use the “always off” schedule.
In terms of governance and account manageability, ParkMyCloud provides administrators with a single view of all Google accounts and regions, the instance types and the pricing structure to which each is assigned. Administrators can also create team and role structures in order for team members to access their own instances and schedule parking times without affecting other teams´ schedules.
There are also benefits of our application for managing Google cloud costs in terms of security. While non-production instances are parked, they cannot be accessed without authorization. This means there is no risk of them being hacked or compromised – eliminating the need for security personnel to monitor the instances or run unnecessary and time-consuming virus scans – thus saving further resources.
Try our Google Cloud Cost Management Software for Free
If your business is looking to reduce its Google Cloud Compute costs, we invite you to try ParkMyCloud´s Google cloud cost management software for free. Our offer includes thirty days use of our software for reducing cloud compute costs, so that you and your network administrators can experience the benefits of our application for managing Google cloud costs in your business environment.
To take advantage of our free offer, register for a ParkMyCloud account using your business email address. Details will be sent to you about installing and setting up our Google cloud cost management software. There are no set up costs, no contracts to sign and no credit cards required. Best of all, however much your business saves by using ParkMyCloud over the trial period is yours to keep.
If you have any questions about our software for reducing cloud compute costs, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experienced and friendly Customer Service Representatives will be happy to answer your questions, walk you through the registration process for starting your free ParkMyCloud experience and explain the features of our Google cloud cost management software.