If you search the Internet for ways to pay less for Azure, you are likely to find much the same advice – usually get an Enterprise Agreement (EA), pre-pay to qualify for discounts, switch regions for better Azure pricing or switch off development, staging and testing VMs when access to them is not needed.
Most companies will have already considered the first three suggestions when deploying their VMs on Azure, and there are three ways of approaching the fourth suggestion. Two of them are either unreliable (getting developers to manually switch off non-production VMs when they are not needed) or not cost-effective (assigning developers away from their core projects to write development scripts).
Few articles suggest the third way of switching off development, staging and testing VMs – scheduling software. Scheduling software is more reliable and more cost-effective than the alternative “switch off” suggestions, and scheduling software such as ParkMyCloud can produce long-term, sustainable savings, with the additional benefit of enhanced governance over your cloud-based accounts.
How to Pay Less for Azure with ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud is a lightweight Software-as-a-Service app that automatically schedules on/off times for non-production VMs deployed on Microsoft Azure. The app is simple to use, tells you which non-production VMs are suitable for scheduling (or “parking” as we refer to it) and enables system managers to apply parking schedules with the click of a mouse.
In order to pay less for Azure with ParkMyCloud, system managers create a permissions limited role for the app and allow it to conduct a discovery of the company´s cloud accounts. The discovery includes any cloud accounts you have with Google or Amazon and, once completed, displays a list of your instances deployed in the cloud with recommendations about which VMs are suitable for parking.
System managers can accept ParkMyCloud´s recommendations and apply a preconfigured parking schedule to them. Alternatively, selected VMs can have one parking schedule applied to them, while other VMs have a different schedule. It is also possible to create unique parking schedules to best suit your company´s working day or delegate the scheduling process to each development team.
Find Out How Much You Will Save in Advance
A typical parking schedule of 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. on weekdays and parked throughout the weekend will save nearly 68% on the cost of deploying non-production VMs on Azure. But rather than let you do the math about how much you will pay less for Azure, ParkMyCloud calculates the projected savings for each parking schedule over the next thirty days and displays it on the user interface.
These figures, along with actual savings once the parking schedules are operational, are available to system managers via a comprehensive suite of reporting options. The reporting options include audit logs that can help system managers identify where further savings can be made and also increase the accountability of development teams.
Further savings can be achieved by using the snooze function – a function that allows developers to pause parking schedules when out-of-hours access to VMs is required. In theory, it is possible to permanently park each non-production VM and simply snooze the schedules – a great way to pay less for Azure if developers do not need full-time access to their development, staging and testing VMs.
Pay Less for Azure with ParkMyCloud for Free
If you have been searching the Internet for ways to pay less for Azure, you are invited to a free trial of ParkMyCloud to see how much you could save by parking your non-production VMs when they are not in use. To take advantage of this opportunity, click on the “Try it Free” button, tell us a few things about yourself, and start saving up to 68% on the cost of deploying development, testing and staging VMs.
At the end of your free trial, all of the money you have saved is yours to keep. However, it gets better. You then have the option of continuing to use ParkMyCloud for free or taking advantage of one of our competitive subscription plans. The difference between the two options can be significant depending on the level of governance you need to pay less for Azure in the long term.
Whereas, with the subscription plans, you retain access to the reporting suite, audit logs and API access, these features are not available with the free ParkMyCloud option. You will continue to pay less for Azure with the free option, but – having tried a fully-enabled version of our software – you may feel the additional tools are features you cannot do without.
Whether you choose a subscription plan or elect to take advantage of our free option is a decision best made after you have taken advantage of our free trial offer. If you have any questions before starting your trial, you are invited to contact us. Our team of Customer Service Representatives will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process of registering for your free ParkMyCloud trial.