How to Reduce Cloud Spend

For most people reading an article about how to reduce cloud spend, one of two scenarios has occurred. In the first scenario, you have eagerly adopted cloud computing, enthusiastically deployed resources on the cloud, and now been told by your finance department you are spending too much on cloud computing and need to reduce cloud spend.

In this scenario, you have several options available to you. You can use rightsizing tools to reassign Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure or Google Compute Engine resources to cheaper pricing plans, you can tell your developers to switch off their non-production resources when they do not need them, or you can reassign your developers to write scheduling scripts to accomplish the same.

In the second scenario, you have tried some or all of these options, but have failed to reduce cloud spend. There are several possible explanations for this outcome. The most likely is a lack of total visibility over your cloud accounts. With a lack of total visibility, your IT governance is limited and it is difficult to maintain control of what is going on in your cloud accounts.

The solution for this scenario is not necessarily a cloud management platform. A cloud management platform can be a false economy if it is packed full of features you are never likely to use. A more cost-effective solution is ParkMyCloud. ParkMyCloud gives you total visibility over your cloud accounts in order to reduce cloud spend, improve IT governance and regain control of cloud deployment.

How to Reduce Cloud Spend with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is the perfect solution for businesses investigating how to reduce cloud spend. It automates on/off times for non-production resources – reducing cloud spend by up to 65% – and provides the total visibility IT administrators need to monitor cloud deployment, enforce accountability and effectively manage development resources.

With regards to reducing cloud spend by up to 65%, most development teams use their non-production resources – typically those used for development, testing and staging – for a maximum of 60 hours a week. For the other 108 hours a week, non-production resources sit idle. However, as long as those compute resources are left running, they still have to be paid for.

Therefore the first thing ParkMyCloud does to conduct a discovery of all a business´s instances and VMs. The scheduling element of the software then makes recommendations about which resources are suitable for “parking”, and gives IT administrators the choice of applying business-wide parking policies or assigning resources to individual development teams to apply their own parking schedules.

Regardless of who is given the responsibility of applying the parking schedules, ParkMyCloud provides a selection of pre-configured schedules and the option to create schedules. Different schedules can be applied to different resources, and – if access to a resource is required while it is scheduled to be parked – the schedule can be “snoozed” and restarted on demand.

Total Visibility Improves IT Governance

With ParkMyCloud, administrators can see all the business´s accounts across Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine to identify unused or underused resources that can be terminated or reassigned to a cheaper pricing plan. The single dashboard view also provides total visibility across all individuals, development teams and credentials.

In relation to how to reduce cloud spend, one of the key benefits of total visibility is that administrators can see which resources have been scheduled for parking, by how much each parking schedule is reducing cloud spend, and if further savings can be made. This level of IT governance increases accountability and dampens teams´ enthusiasm to deploy further resources without good cause.

The improved level of IT governance also creates an environment for accurate reporting and forecasting. Administrators can make plans and submit budget proposals knowing they have cloud compute deployment under control. Typically, ParkMyCloud will reduce cloud spend and pay for itself within two months based on its scheduling function alone. With improved IT governance, the benefits of using ParkMyCloud can amount to much more.

Try ParkMyCloud Free for Fourteen Days – or Forever

If you are trying to figure out how to reduce cloud spend, try ParkMyCloud free for fourteen days and see how much you could save. Our free trial gives you the opportunity to evaluate ParkMyCloud in your own environment and see what it is like to have total visibility of your resources deployed on Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure or Google Compute Engine.

During the fourteen day trial, you will be able to use a fully-enabled version of ParkMyCloud to reduce cloud spend. At the end of the trial, you have the option of subscribing to one of our competitive packages or continuing to use a version of ParkMyCloud with limited functionality free of charge. You will still be able to reduce cloud spend, but not have such a high level of IT governance.

To start your free trial, click “Try it Now” on this page. There is no software installation required. You simply provide access to your cloud account via a limited-permissions role in the ParkMyCloud app and you will be ready to start reducing cloud spend within fifteen minutes. If you experience any difficulties using the app, or have any questions about how to reduce cloud spend with ParkMyCloud, do not hesitate to get in touch.