How to Achieve a Lower AWS Bill and Keep it Under Control

Finding a solution to achieve a lower AWS bill is not difficult. Finding the right solution that maintains a lower AWS bill can be much harder. Without the right solution – one which gives you oversight of how and when instances are deployed on AWS – you may lack the control needed to make long-term savings on your cloud compute spend.

For example, if you were to instruct your developers to switch off their non-productive instances when they were not using them, you would achieve a short-term lower AWS bill. However, as developers forget to switch off their non-production instances over time, and deploy further instances on AWS, the savings you initially achieved would evaporate.

Trying to find instances you can reassign to cheaper pricing options is unlikely to be successful. Most developers assign instances to the most appropriate pricing option at the time of deployment. There would only be limited savings available and, furthermore, if you have not solved the issue of oversight, you will be repeating the exercise every few months.

Although reassigning your developers to write scheduling scripts can also achieve a lower AWS bill, this is hardly a cost-effective way to make long-term savings on your cloud compute spend. Once you take into account the hours spent by developers writing and maintaining scheduling scripts – and the delayed delivery of their core projects – it could cost you more to lower your AWS bill than you would save.

How Scheduling Software can be the Right Solution

Some IT professionals are reluctant to use scheduling software to achieve a lower AWS bill because it goes against their beliefs of “we can build, so why buy”. However, with ParkMyCloud´s scheduling software, not only can you lower your AWS bill by scheduling start/stop times for your non-production EC2 and RDS instances, you also get the visibility needed to control your cloud compute spend.

ParkMyCloud is a simple-to-use lightweight SaaS application and, once you create a permissions-limited IAM role for the application, it conducts a discovery of all your AWS, Azure and GCE accounts. It then makes recommendations about which non-production instances and VMs are suitable for scheduling on a single view dashboard that gives you total visibility over all your accounts.

Parking schedules can be applied using one or more preconfigured schedules or by creating one of your own. You do not have to apply the same schedule to all instances and VMs. You can assign different parking schedules to individual instances or groups of instances. The parking schedules can also be “snoozed” if developers need access to the instances while they are parked.

The total visibility will allow you to identify any unused or underused instances that can be terminated or reassigned. More importantly – once parking schedules have been applied – you will be able to see how much each schedule is saving and whether further savings can be achieved. Effectively ParkMyCloud makes your developers accountable for their instances and the times they are using them.

By How Much Can ParkMyCloud Lower AWS Bills?

The amount by which ParkMyCloud can lower AWS bills depends on the number of non-production EC2 and RDS instances your company has deployed on Amazon´s cloud compute platform and the parking schedules you apply. Typically, based on a normal working week of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, ParkMyCloud will reduce the cost of deploying non-production instances by almost 65%.

Further savings can be achieved by scheduling non-production instances to be permanently parked and snoozing the schedule when access is required. Safeguards exist to reactivate the parking schedules after a period of inactivity, just in case your developers forget to return the instances to their parked state or in the event that Amazon automatically switches them back on.

However, possibly the most important benefit of ParkMyCloud is that you will be able to monitor the deployment of resources on AWS and have accurate information at your fingertips about how much each deployment is costing. This level of accurate information facilitates accurate reporting, and accurate planning and budgeting for future projects.

In terms of the cost of ParkMyCloud, we offer a number of competitive subscription packages – including a free subscription. You can select which of the subscription packages is most appropriate for your needs or discuss your requirements first with our industry-leading Customer Support team. With our most popular subscription package, ParkMyCloud typically pays for itself within two months.

Achieve a Lower AWS Bill with ParkMyCloud for Free

In order to provide the opportunity for companies to experience the benefits of ParkMyCloud in their own environment, we are offering a free trial of a fully-enabled version of our scheduling software. During the free trial, you will be able to see by how much ParkMyCloud can lower your AWS bill in order to determine whether a paid-for subscription is worth your while.

If not, you have the option of continuing with a free version of our software, or returning to the trial and error method of finding an effective solution to achieve a lower AWS bill. To find out more about your free trial of ParkMyCloud, do not hesitate to contact us, or – to start your free trial today and keep whatever money you save – click on any “Try it Free” button on this page.