Google Cloud Cost Management

Among the many different applications for managing instances deployed on Google´s Compute Engine platform, few address the issue of Google cloud cost management. GCE is meant to deliver configurable virtual machines running in Google’s data centers with access to high-performance networking infrastructure and block storage. It allows you to select a VM that fits your needs, whether it is for general purpose, or workload optimized, in predefined or custom machine sizes. GCE also – and easily integrates with other Google Cloud Services. 

In terms of google compute pricing, 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 instances on the platform, the cost can be significant.

Options for Reducing Cloud Compute Costs

There are several options for reducing cloud computing 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.

To put it into perspective, here is one example, on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Compute Engine VMs are charged per second. Since development or test environments are typically used only during business hours, keeping them running in the middle of the night or on weekends, basically 24/7, serves no useful purpose and racks up costs. But, the idea of stopping and starting large groups of VMs by hand every day can be tedious and even harder to encourage or enforce across an entire organization. 

So, 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

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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.

Another huge waste of money is oversized instances in your environment. Resizing instances and downsizing by one instance size saves 50% of the cost, two sizes down saves even more (75%). ParkMyCloud not only makes recommendations but also helps take action to resize instances, move families and/or modernize as needed so users can optimize performance with the lowest cost. 

ParkMyCloud’s RightSizing functionality allows users to resize their instances so they are fit for their environments and not accruing additional and unnecessary costs.

RightSizing your Google Cloud instances with ParkMyCloud can help your development team gain more control over their cloud environment as well as help them save on their cloud bill. 

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 and resizing based on utilization history to automatically turn off and/or resized, idle and underutilized resources for cost savings. Users accept the recommendations or adjust them as necessary before confirming the final selection.

To turn off instances when not needed, users then have a choice of selecting a pre-configured parking schedule (for example parked between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am 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.

The rightsizing capability lets you quickly and easily – even automatically – resolve sizing discrepancies. ParkMyCloud uses actual usage data to make recommendations, and provides three recommendation options, which can include size changes, family/type changes, and modernization changes. Users can choose to accept these recommendations manually or schedule the changes to occur at a later date.

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.

How Much Could You Save Using Google Cloud Cost Management Software?
DaysOn TimeOff Time% Saved
Monday-Saturday6.00 a.m.10.00 p.m.43%
Monday-Saturday8.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.53%
Monday-Saturday7.00 a.m.7.00 p.m.57%
Monday-Friday6.00 a.m.10.00 p.m.52%
Monday-Friday8.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.61%
Monday-Friday7.00 a.m.7.00 p.m.64%

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.

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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.

Here are a few more reasons why ParkMyCloud is used by more than 1,000 companies:

  • ParkMyCloud is a simple SaaS tool for automating parking schedules.
  • Our scheduling software recommends which instances are suitable for parking and resizing.
  • Parking schedules can be applied with the click of a mouse. No coding required.
  • Easy for users to be notified of actions and control those actions via web UI, Slack, or API
  • Secondary benefits included improved security, governance and accountability.
  • Try ParkMyCloud today for free and witness the easy way to effective cloud cost management.

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.

  • Without Google Cloud cost management, the cost of using the service can spiral out of control.
  • ParkMyCloud automates the scheduling process for non-production instances, saving up to 65%.
  • Our single-view dashboard gives administrators total visibility over their cloud accounts.
  • Team and role structures can be created to enforce accountability and better manage costs.
  • Try our Google Cloud cost management for free and see how much you could save.
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