Most articles offering advice about how to lower cloud spend generally come up with the same solutions – switch off unnecessary instances, resize overprovisioned resources and use more appropriate types, regions, or pricing plans. The advice is sound, but it has its flaws.

Switching off unnecessary instances manually can be unreliable and, if automating the process with scheduling scripts, both costly and inflexible. Resizing overprovisioned resources will only lower cloud spend a little – assuming you provisioned your resources correctly when you first deployed them – and the same can be said for using more appropriate types, regions and pricing plans.

Some authors suggest using cloud management software to lower cloud spend, but this too has its flaws. Generally cloud management software only tells you how much you have spent (rather than helping you find out where cloud spend can be lowered), and the cost of cloud management software can be more than you save because of the features included in the software you are never likely to use.

How to Cost-Effectively Lower Cloud Spend

The way to cost-effectively lower cloud spend is by using ParkMyCloud to schedule start-stop times for non-production instances and VMs. ParkMyCloud is a relatively simple app that only schedules start-stop times and so you are not paying for software with features you are never likely to use.

Reliable, cost-effective and flexible, ParkMyCloud is ready to use straight away, needs no installation or special skills to use, and can save businesses up to 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances and VMs. Thereafter, the apps monitoring and reporting features help you maintain control of your cloud accounts to ensure your lower cloud spend is permanent.

Best of all, you can use ParkMyCloud free of charge. We invite every business to take a free trial of a fully-enabled version of our app. Once the trial has finished, there is a choice of subscription options to select from, or you can opt to continue using a feature-limited version of ParkMyCloud for free. Lowering cloud spend does not come more cost-effective than that!

How ParkMyCloud Works

The way in which ParkMyCloud can help businesses lower cloud spend is very simple. System administrators log into the business´s cloud account with their usual AWS, Azure of GCE credentials via the web-based ParkMyCloud portal. They then create and IAM/dedicated credential role for our app and allow it to conduct a discovery of the business´s resources to find out which are suitable for scheduling.

Once the discovery is complete, the discovered resources are displayed on a single-view dashboard with a small calendar icon alongside them if the opportunity exists to switch them off when they are not required (this is determined by the names and tags assigned to the resources). System administrators can either apply a preconfigured parking schedule to the highlighted resources, or create schedules of their own to suit the business´s requirements.

It is not necessary to apply the same parking schedule to every suitable resource. Resources can be combined into logical groups and assigned different schedules as required, or system administrators can use the Policy Engine to set certain rules within which schedules can be applied by development teams. As each parking schedule is applied, ParkMyCloud displays the projected savings over the next thirty days, and system administrators can collate these figures to calculate the total saving.

Flexibility Comes with the Click of a Mouse

It was mentioned above that some solutions to lower cloud spend lack flexibility. This is not the case with ParkMyCloud. If your business has development teams that work irregular shifts or work on projects in irregular patterns, it is possible to apply an “Always Parked” schedule and then snooze the schedule with the click of a mouse when access to the parked resources is required.

This feature maximizes cost savings, as it means you are never paying for a resource that is not being used. Should a developer forget to switch a resource off once they have finished using it, ParkMyCloud reactivates the “Always Parked” schedule after a period of inactivity. Whereas a “regular” parking schedule can lower cloud spend on non-production resources by up to 65%, the “Always Parked” feature has the potential to save much more.

Other ways in which ParkMyCloud can lower cloud spend are related to the total visibility of accounts provided by the single-view dashboard. With this view, system administrators can identify overprovisioned resources and those which are no longer required. They can optimize auto-scaling groups and place mismatched resources into more appropriate types, regions and pricing plans where possible. ParkMyCloud can also be used to toggle “blue-green” deployment schedules to ensure you never pay for a production instance or VM when it is not being used.

Ready to Start Your Free Trial of ParkMyCloud?

If you are ready to start your free trial of ParkMyCloud, click any “Try It Free” button on this page. If, before starting your free trial, you have any questions about how ParkMyCloud can help lower cloud spend, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of friendly and experienced Customer Services representatives will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the registration process to start your free trial of ParkMyCloud.

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