Many articles offering advice about how to lower cloud spend generally come up with the same solutions – switch off unnecessary instances, resize overprovisioned resources, delete unattached storage volumes, and select more appropriate regions and pricing plans. The advice is sound, but the actual work involved can be considerable.
Working your way manually through cloud accounts is barely sustainable and rarely cost-effective. You could write scheduling scripts to stop non-production instances when access to them is not required, but scheduling scripts tend to be inflexible and the time spent maintaining them may indirectly cost you more money than you save.
Resizing overprovisioned resources is a good way to cut cloud spend – providing you know what future capacity may be required – and although deleting unattached storage volumes will lower cloud spend, having unattached storage volumes in the first place indicates your developers are not following best practices when it comes to spinning up and terminating resources.
With regard to selecting more appropriate regions and pricing plans, there are scenarios in which you can cut cloud spend by moving archived data into cheaper regions and take advantage of convertible RIs and Committed Use discounts. Just take care not to over-commit yourself or instead of using these pricing plans to lower cloud spend you could increase your cloud waste.
Management Tools to Cut Cloud Spend
You don´t necessarily have to do everything manually, as plenty of management tools exist to cut cloud spend. These vary in complexity and effectiveness and, if obtained from a Cloud Service Provider (i.e. AWS, Azure or GCP), only manage the resources launched on their particular platforms – so no good for businesses with multi-cloud environments.
Few management tools to cut cloud spend are capable of informing you how much you will save in advance. So, if you were working to a tight IT budget, and wanted to know how much you could cut cloud spend by adjusting the configurations of your resources one-by-one, you may have to calculate the savings manually.
One final consideration about management tools to cut cloud spend is the cost of the tools. In some cases, management tools to cut cloud spend come with dozens of features you are never likely to use. Just like writing scheduling scripts, you could cut cloud spend to a degree, but indirectly spend more money than you save by paying for the management tool.
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 Helps Cut AWS Spend
The way in which ParkMyCloud helps cut AWS spend (and Azure spend and GCP spend) is very simple. System administrators log into the business´s cloud account(s) with their usual AWS, Azure or GCP 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 so system administrators can tell how much each schedule will cut AWS spend (and Azure spend and GCP spend).
Pay Less for Cloud Services with the Click of a Mouse
It was mentioned above that some solutions to lower cloud spend can be complex or 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 snooze the schedule with the click of a mouse when access to parked resources is required.
This feature helps you pay less for cloud services, as you will never be paying for a service that is not being used. Should a developer forget to switch off an instance or VM 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 relate 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.
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