There are many different ways to reduce GCP costs, but not all of them are viable. Take, for example, the option of switching instances to preemptive off-peak pricing plans. This is a great way to reduce GCP costs, provided access to the instances are not required during peak hours – i.e. traditional working hours – which, of course, will most likely be the case.
Another way to reduce GCP costs is to pay in advance in order to take advantage of Sustained Use Discounts. However, this is only a viable option if Google Cloud Platform costs remain constant. Historically, the cost of cloud computing has fallen over time; so the discount you receive now may not amount to much in two or three years.
Due to the uncertainty of future cloud computing requirements – and their costs – some businesses have considered instructing their developers to switch off non-production instances when they are not required. This is not the most reliable way to reduce GCP costs, as it relies on developers remembering to switch off their development, staging and testing instances after using them.
One further option is to reassign developers from their core projects to write scheduling scripts. Although more reliable than relying on developers´ memories, it does have the drawback of potentially costing more than can be saved. Furthermore, it will also delay delivery of the core projects and, without careful governance over future deployment, may fail to produce any savings in the long term.
Using Scheduling Software to Reduce GCP Costs
Using scheduling software to reduce GCP costs may not be the favored option for developers with the mindset “we can build, so why buy”, but it is the most viable to deliver long term savings on the cost of Google Cloud Platform. Furthermore, due to the way in which scheduling software works (at least, ParkMyCloud´s scheduling software), IT managers get total visibility over their Google accounts – improving governance over Google Cloud Platform deployment and increasing accountability.
One of the great benefits of using scheduling software to reduce GCP costs is that the software does most of the work for you. Once you have created a limited permissions role for the software, it conducts a discovery of all the instances deployed on Google´s Cloud Platform (it can perform the same function for instances deployed on AWS and Microsoft Azure as well). It then makes recommendations about which non-production instances are suitable for scheduling.
IT managers can set company-wide on/off schedules for the recommended instances, or assign the task to each development team. The process of setting on/off schedules (or “parking”) is simple – IT managers select their preferred on/off times from a series of pre-configured parking schedules or create their own schedules. The schedules can be interrupted if access to the parked instances is required, and safeguards exist to ensure the instances are returned to their parked state after a period of inactivity.
Due to the versatility of ParkMyCloud´s scheduling software, it is not necessary to set the same parking schedule for every non-production instance. Schedules can be set universally, but the option exists to have different parking schedules for different instances or groups of instances. Indeed, if some instances are rarely used, it can be worthwhile placing them into a permanently parked schedule (i.e. always off), and just interrupting the schedule whenever access is required.
By How Much Can ParkMyCloud Reduce GCP Costs?
How much ParkMyCloud can save companies depends on the number of non-production instances deployed on Google´s Cloud Platform and the parking schedules that are applied. Using one of our most popular parking schedules as an example (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday), companies would save almost 65% on the cost of deploying non-production instances on Google´s Cloud Platform – more if some of the instances were placed into a permanently parked schedule.
It is possible to find out in advance by how much ParkMyCloud can reduce GCP costs as when each parking schedule is confirmed, a figure appears on the software´s dashboard indicating the projected savings over the next thirty days. Once the schedules are operational, a second figure appears, indicating how much has been saved. This information can be viewed by IT managers to identify where further savings could be made if applicable.
The single view dashboard of a company´s Google Cloud account gives IT managers complete visibility of the instances deployed on GCP in order to identify unused or underused instances that can be terminated or reassigned – making further savings on the cost of Google´s Cloud Platform. The improved governance and increased accountability ensures the savings made by implementing ParkMyCloud are maintained, and also improves the accuracy of planning for future capacity and budgeting.
An Invitation to Try ParkMyCloud for Free
When you add together the direct savings achievable by automating on/off times for non-production and the indirect savings attributable to improved governance and increased accountability, it is clear to see that ParkMyCloud is the most viable way to reduce GCP costs. But rather than take our word for it, why not take a free trial of ParkMyCloud and see for yourself?
We are offering companies the opportunity to try a fully-enabled version of ParkMyCloud for free. The fully-enabled version of our software includes everything you could possibly need to reduce GCP costs quickly and permanently – including multi-cloud support for an unlimited number of instances, teams, users and credentials. You will also be able to test out the audit logs and reporting facilities, API access and the excellent level of support provided by our Client Support team.
To start your free trial of ParkMyCloud, click any “Try it Free” button; or, if you have any questions about your options to reduce GCP costs, do not hesitate to contact us. At the end of your free trial, you get to keep all the money you have saved and will be offered a choice of competitive subscription options. We also provide the opportunity for companies to continue using a feature-limited version of ParkMyCloud for free. What version will be best for you? Start your free trial today to find out more.