One of the often overlooked ways of reducing cloud computing costs is to reduce batch workload costs in the cloud. Although many businesses time their batch workloads to coincide with cheaper pricing options, underlying instances have to be running in order for the cron jobs to execute – underlying instances that businesses are paying for whatever time of day their batch workloads are scheduled for.
It is possible to reduce batch workload costs in the cloud by assigning the underlying instances to a Reversed Instances pricing plan on AWS or Azure, or a Committed Use pricing plan on GCE. It is also possible to write scheduling scripts to start the underlying instances just prior to the time set for the cron job – although writing and maintaining scheduling scripts can cost more than may be saved.
Reduce Cloud Costs for ETL Processes with ParkMyCloud
A simpler and more cost-effective way to reduce batch workload costs in the cloud is to use ParkMyCloud. Businesses can reduce cloud costs for ETL processes – as well as many other processes – by using our lightweight SaaS platform to schedule start-stop times for the instances or VMs needed to run the batch workloads individually, in groups, or in bulk.
In order to reduce cloud costs for ETL processes by scheduling start-stop times, admins create a permissions-limited role for ParkMyCloud, and allow the app to conduct a discovery of the business´s resources deployed in the cloud. ParkMyCloud displays the business´s resources and makes recommendations about which are suitable for scheduling according to their names and tags.
Reduce the Cost of Deploying Software Patches in the Cloud
One of the batch workloads most frequently timed for the middle of the night is the deployment of software patches. ParkMyCloud helps to reduce the cost of deploying software patches in the cloud by enabling admins to schedule instances and VMs for just the times they are needed. For example, if the cron job is set to begin at 1:00 a.m. and last for two hours, the instance or VM can be scheduled to start a few minutes before the cron job, and stop after the batch workload has finished.
In this way, businesses can reduce the cost of deploying software patches in the cloud or reduce costs for database backups in the cloud – another batch workload frequently timed for the middle of the night – by more than 90%. Depending on how many batch servers a business runs in its virtual environment and their sizes the savings could be significant. ParkMyCloud can also be used to reduce the cost of DR updates and testing in the cloud.
Reduce the Cost of DR Updates and Testing in the Cloud
Disaster recovery (DR) planning is a pain – but an essential pain if a business is going to recover from a disaster in the shortest possible time with minimal data loss. The cloud has made disaster planning a lot simpler and far less expensive, but updating and testing DR plans still takes time and costs money – particularly when instances and VMs used in the updating and testing processes are left running when not in use.
Admins can reduce the cost of DR updates and testing in the cloud by assigning “permanently parked” schedules to the non-production resources used in the updating and testing process. Then, when access to the instances or VMs is required, DevOps simply “snooze” the parking schedule. ParkMyCloud will automatically start the parking schedule after a period of inactivity, so admins need not be concerned about DevOps running up costs by forgetting to switch them off.
Reduce Batch Workload Costs in the Cloud for Free
If you have overlooked the cost of running batch workloads, and would like to save money on ETL processes, deploying software ware patches, database backups and DR updating, we invite you to take a free trial of ParkMyCloud to see by how much you could reduce batch workload costs in the cloud. Our free trial not only gives you the opportunity to see how easy it is to schedule start and stop times for non-production instances and VMs, but all the money you save during your free trial is yours to keep.
At the end of the trial, you several options available to you. You can subscribe to one of ParkMyCloud´s paid tiers – which includes the range of tools you will enjoy throughout the free trial – or you can opt for the free-use tier. This tier will still enable you to reduce costs by scheduling start/stop times for non-production instances and VMs, but lacks the API access, multi-cloud support and database instance (RDS) parking available through the paid subscription tiers that adds to the level of governance you get when you reduce batch workload costs in the cloud with ParkMyCloud.
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