Because of the way in which cloud providers charge for their services – by the capacity you provision, rather than the capacity you consume – being able to meet AWS budget plans should be straightforward. You calculate what capacity you will need, provision for that capacity and budget accordingly. However, it does not always work that way.
Existing resources are not always sufficient to complete projects on time, and additional resources may be required. However, in order to pay for additional deployments and still meet AWS budget plans, savings will need to be made elsewhere. This is the point at which development teams start looking at cost-cutting options.
Common AWS Cost-Cutting Options are Not the Answer
Among the most common AWS cost-cutting options suggested on the Internet is reconfiguring your deployments to place them into cheaper types, regions and pricing plans. Assuming you already did this when preparing your budget, it is unlikely not a lot of money can be saved by choosing this option and a more realistic option is to switch off non-production instances when they are not being used.
This can be achieved manually by instructing developers to switch off their development, staging and testing instances when they are not using them, or the process can be automated by reassigning developers to write scheduling scripts. Most people will acknowledge the manual process is not entirely reliable, and reassigning developers away from the core project can delay delivery of the project – the outcome you are trying to avoid by deploying more resources.
How Scheduling Software can Help Meet AWS Budget Plans
By comparison, scheduling software is reliable, inexpensive and quick to implement. It can be used to schedule on/off times for non-production instances – so you are only paying for them when you are using them – and can help no only meet AWS budget plans for the current project, but also assist with capacity and budget planning for future projects.
Scheduling software does this by conducting a discovery of your AWS resources via a permissions-limited IAM role. The software lists all your AWS resources on a single-view screen and indicates which are suitable for scheduling according to the names and tags assigned to them. System administrators can apply a series of preconfigured schedules to the recommended resources with the click of a mouse, or create and apply bespoke schedules depending on the business´s requirements.
Maximize Savings with “Always Parked” from ParkMyCloud
Based on a typical schedule in which development, testing and staging instances are automatically switched off before 8am in the morning and after 8pm in the evening and during weekends, scheduling software can save a business nearly 65% of the cost of deploying non-production instances on AWS. However, it is possible to reduce costs further by using ParkMyCloud´s “Always Parked” feature.
The “Always Parked” feature effectively switches off non-production instances permanently, but allows for the schedule to be interrupted using a snooze button. Whenever developers want access to the parked instances, they simply click on the snooze button. Then, when they have finished using the instances, the “Always Parked” feature reactivates automatically after a period of inactivity so that unused instances are not left running unnecessarily.
Try our “Always Parked” Feature and See How Much You Can Save
The “Always Parked” feature is an ideal solution for business that want to benefit from using scheduling software, but whose development teams work irregular hours or in irregular patterns. It can, when circumstances allow, be a significant factor in helping projects meet AWS budget plans, and – in order to best demonstrate ParkMyCloud´s cost-saving features – we are giving you the opportunity to try our scheduling software for free.
To take advantage of this opportunity, simply click on any “Try it Free” button on this page. You will be taken to a new landing page which asks you to enter a few details about yourself so we can send you details of the free trial. Alternatively, you are invited to contact us with any questions you have about ParkMyCloud, about how it can help cut AWS costs in a specific scenario, and about how it can help meet AWS budget plans and prepare you for future budget planning.