ParkMyCloud has developed an application which allows business users to automatically schedule “on” or “off” states for their computing services. Now the company has released its application for general use on Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS).
Previously, the ParkMyCloud app went through a round of beta testing following the company's initial seed round this past July. It reports that users can find savings that will pay for the app in as little as a month. It tries to treat computing services as similar to utilities, so businesses are not charged when they are not using resources. The app gives them the control to essentially turn off the lights when they leave the room.
Jay Chapel, the founder and CEO of ParkMyCloud, commented that this app comes to IT as a simple fix to a pervasive problem.
“Our research shows that companies are crying out for simple, standalone tools that help manage the fast-changing IT landscape,” Chapel said. “ParkMyCloud can help companies send hundreds of millions of dollars in reduced cloud computing costs straight to their bottom line.”
The main problem that many businesses incur is the way in which service providers bill their cloud services. They often charge by the hour and always have tasks scheduled as “on.” Users can turn off those tasks manually, but that can be a hassle for only a few tasks and an impossible request for thousands of millions of tasks. When businesses have operational downtime, for instance, in the twilight hours, they may still pay for services that they are not actively using.
ParkMyCloud schedules certain tasks to turn off at times businesses desire. When employees are not in the office, they will not need access to certain cloud services, so the app takes away each service's active state and resumes it once office hours come around the following day. It provides a dashboard for a simple view of all company tasks which users can then use to schedule automatic shutdowns. IT admins will no longer need to manually attend to such tasks day in and day out, and businesses will no longer need to pay for computing time during off hours.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino