There are several different ways in which it is possible for businesses to reduce their cloud computing costs and pay less for AWS; but not all are practical or guaranteed to result in long-term savings. For example, you may be able to pay less for AWS by committing to the Reserved Instances program for three years. However, if Amazon continues to reduce the cost of its cloud compute services – and fails to apply the reductions retroactively – the long-term savings could be far less than expected.
Similarly, reassigning developers to write scheduling scripts for non-production instances can also be a false economy. Although automatically switching off non-production instances when they are not needed is a great way to pay less for AWS, the cost per hour of writing and maintaining the scripts may not be cost-effective. It some cases, the amount saved could be less than the amount paid – plus reassigning developers to write scheduling scripts could result in delays in the delivery of core projects.
By comparison, ParkMyCloud is a versatile lightweight platform that businesses can use to schedule stop/start times for non-production RDS and EC2 instances deployed on AWS. The platform is easy to use, increases the accountability of development teams, and improves deployment governance across all your AWS, GCE and Microsoft Azure accounts. Furthermore, not only will you pay less for AWS with ParkMyCloud, but our platform will also tell you in advance how much you will save!
How to Pay Less for AWS with ParkMyCloud
In order to pay less for AWS by scheduling stop/start times for non-production RDS and EC2 instances, you simply create a limited permissions role for ParkMyCloud and allow the platform to conduct a discovery of your cloud accounts. Once the discovery is completed, all your deployed instances are displayed on one screen. Alongside the instances, ParkMyCloud indicates which are suitable for scheduling (or “parking”) according to the names and tags assigned to them.
You have the options of accepting the recommendations, and parking all the recommended instances for a preconfigured time (i.e. to only be switched on between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday), or creating your own parking schedules and selecting which non-production instances you want to apply them to. You can have different schedules for different instances, create logical groups and park them as one, or delegate the scheduling process to each development team.
As you – or your development teams – confirm the parking schedules, ParkMyCloud´s user-friendly interface displays the projected saving for each parking schedule over the next thirty days. Once the parking schedules are operational, the interface displays a second figure indicating actual savings. Both the projected savings and actual savings can be included in reports available to system administrators in order to increase the accountability of development teams.
You Choose How Much You Save with ParkMyCloud
Most businesses can save up to 65% on the cost of deploying non-production RDS and EC2 instances on AWS by using a preconfigured parking schedule such as 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Yet it is possible to pay less for AWS by using ParkMyCloud´s snooze function. The snooze function is designed to allow developers access to parked instances by interrupting the schedule, rather than having to cancel a parking schedule and create a new one.
However, by assigning non-production instances permanent parking schedules, and then snoozing the schedules when access is required, businesses can potentially save much more. This is a valuable cost-saving function for development teams that switch between different projects, development teams that use freelancers on as “as required” basis, and to pay less for AWS during vacations. Mechanisms exist to return interrupted parking schedules to their dormant state after a period of inactivity.
Further cost savings can be achieved due to ParkMyCloud´s single view dashboard. Our dashboard gives system administrators total visibility of their cloud accounts in order to identified unused or underused instances that can be terminated or assigned to cheaper pricing options. Due to ParkMyCloud´s comprehensive reporting system and audit logs, the savings you make by scheduling stop/start times can be closely monitored to ensure they are maintained and you pay less for AWS permanently.
Try ParkMyCloud for Free – Forever if You Wish
If you are looking for effective ways to pay less for AWS, and you like the sound of our scheduling software, you are invited to try ParkMyCloud free for fourteen days. Our free trial offer consists of a fully-enabled version of the ParkMyCloud platform with a full feature set that includes multi-account support, database instance parking, single sign-on via SAML 2.0 and live chat support from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (ET). Not only is the trial free, but you get to keep what you save at the end of fourteen days.
At the end of the trial, you have the options of subscribing to one of our competitive pricing plans that typically pay for themselves within two months, or continuing to use a feature-limited version of our scheduling software. Whichever option you choose, you will continue to pay less for AWS in the long-term. To start your free trial, click the “Try it Free” button at the top of the page. Alternatively, if you have any questions about ParkMyCloud before starting your free trial, do not hesitate to contact us.