Google Compute Engine Cost Management

When one first starts looking into Google Compute Engine cost management, it can become very complicated, very quickly. Some applications for managing cloud computing costs cannot migrate existing instances, or they fail to provide support for certain services. Others – including Google´s own “Flexible Environment” – require your instances to be hosted in Google´s App Engine (GAE), potentially eliminating the financial benefit of implementing a cost management solution.

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You can reduce cloud computing costs by reallocating internal resources to develop scheduling scripts, or by relying on developers to manually switch off their non-production instances when they have finished using them. Neither of these solutions is ideal. The resources required to develop your own applications for managing cloud computing costs can exceed how much you might save, while a manual on/off process can be subject to human error and forgetfulness.

However, it is worth pursuing a Google Compute Engine cost management solution. Although the price of Google´s IaaS service compares well with other providers, the cost of deploying non-production instances at scale can be significant. Fortunately a solution exists in ParkMyCloud – a lightweight SaaS scheduling application, that not only helps businesses manage their cloud computing costs, but that also enhances governance, account manageability and security.

How ParkMyCloud Manages Cloud Computing Costs

ParkMyCloud manages cloud computing costs by automating the manual switching on and off of non-production instances – those typically used for development, testing and staging. Usually, development, testing and staging instances are used for a maximum of sixty hours a week (for example, 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday). The rest of the time they are idle. Nonetheless, unless they are switched off – or “parked” – your business is still being charged by Google for the unused computing power allocated to them.

In order to park development, staging, and testing instances, users simply connect to their Google accounts through our Google Compute Engine cost management application. The application finds all the instances assigned to that account and recommends those most suitable for parking according to type, name, and any that they have been given. Users have the option of setting one schedule for all the suitable non-production instances, or creating separate schedules for individual instances and groups.

Users can also pick from several pre-configured schedules (for example, all on between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday) or create a unique schedule to suit their specific requirements. To create a unique schedule, they use an intuitive grid to highlight the times of the day they want their non-production instances parked and click “create”. Alternatively, they park their development, testing, and staging instances by default, and just snooze the schedule when they want to access the instances.

How Much do Applications for Managing Cloud Computing Costs Save?

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With ParkMyCloud, there is no guesswork involved in calculating how much our applications for managing cloud computing costs can save a business. As soon as the user has scheduled his or her non-production instances, the UI displays the projected savings over the next thirty days. If the schedule is adjusted before it is implemented, the value of projected savings will change. Once the schedule has been implemented, the UI displays actual savings over the period.

Using the pre-configured schedule of 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, businesses would reduce their cloud computing costs on development, testing and staging instances by 64% – or more if using the “always off” default schedule and snoozing the schedule when access to parked instance was required. The overall savings will depend on the balance of instances deployed on Google Compute Engine (production/non-production) and the sustained use discount currently received from Google.

Examples of How Much You Could Save by Scheduling Start/Stop Times
ScheduleStart TimeStop TimeHours SavedCosts Saved
Mon-Sun6.00 a.m.8.00 p.m.70 per week42%
Mon-Sun8.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.77 per week46%
Mon-Sat7.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.84 per week50%
Mon-Sat7.30 a.m.8.00 p.m.93 per week55%
Mon-Fri7.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.98 per week58%
Mon-Fri8.00 a.m.8.00 p.m.108 per week64%


Other Benefits of Our Google Compute Engine Cost Management Software

It was mentioned above that ParkMyCloud enhances governance and account manageability. This is achieved using the single view dashboard that gives administrators visibility over all regions, instance types, and pricing structures. With this information, administrators can create team and role structures to enhance accountability and so that team members can schedule on/off times for their own development, testing, and staging instances without disturbing schedules set by other teams.

In terms of enhancing security, when instances are parked they cannot be accessed by anybody without authorization. They are also inaccessible to the outside world, so cannot be hacked or corrupted by third parties. This eliminates the need for parked instances to be monitored or scanned for viruses when they are unparked. Although the financial benefits of not having to monitor or scan parked instances may be relatively minor, the peace of mind can be worth far more.

Try ParkMyCloud Free for Thirty Days

Because we believe that ParkMyCloud is the most uncomplicated solution for Google Compute Engine cost management, we invite you to try it for free for thirty days. All that is required to take advantage of this opportunity is your business email address – there are no set up fees, no credit card required and no contracts to sign. You are not committed to using our Google Compute Engine cost management software once the trial period has finished and – best of all – you get to keep whatever money you save.

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  • The cost of deploying non-production instances at scale can be significant.
  • Many solutions for GCE cost management lack cost effectiveness.
  • ParkMyCloud automates the process of switching off non-production instances.
  • Our lightweight app can also identify which instances are over-provisioned.
  • Businesses can save up to 65% of the cost of deploying instances on GCE.
  • Tools exist to provide account oversight and simplify account management.
  • Try ParkMyCloud today and however much you save is yours to keep!