ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud

Automated multi-cloud cost control & governance for DevOps

4.5/5 (62 reviews)

ParkMyCloud Overview

ParkMyCloud is a single purpose cloud management solution that helps reduce cloud computing costs within any company that has non-production cloud resources. The platform permits organizations to pay only for the power they consume, by automating the scheduling of on/off times for any idle cloud computing.

The platform enables users to connect to their cloud provider, (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud) to discover actively running resources. Using the scheduling tool and policy engine, users can automatically schedule these servers to turn off during the times they are not needed (known as parking). "SmartParking" detects usage patterns and recommends appropriate parking schedules. Users are able to monitor all their resources in ParkMyCloud's single-view dashboard, which includes instance type, name, ID, state, and pricing.

Cloud computing customers are able to create and manage various users, as well as authenticate new users through the single sign-on (SSO) feature. All ParkMyCloud users can be placed within a team or role structure for improved visibility, governance and organization, and end-users outside cloud groups can be provided with access to reports on spending and savings.

Organizations can use ParkMyCloud's pre-created schedules, or create their own. Users can set automatically enforced policies, for example, to park all resources which are tagged with the keyword “testing”, and eradicate development resources that would have otherwise been spent on turning instances on and off.

Pricing

Starting from
US$2,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

ParkMyCloud Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
92% positive reviews
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Samantha H.

Easy way to save dollars spent on cloud

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/10/20
Review Source: Capterra

We had a reduction in cost due to the fact our instances were no longer running 24/7. While we could have scheduled the instances ourselves it would take additional engineering cycles to do the work. We have limited resources available so this is a major consideration when picking tasks.

Pros

The incredibly easy to use interface. Rather than spend time creating scripts and functions to start and stop our EC2 instances, we can open the ParkMyCloud application and set the schedule for the instance I only want running for a limited timeframe. If you label your instances well then there is no reason that anyone in your organization couldn't manage the schedules for your cloud servers.

Cons

The only negative for me has been the fact that GovCloud is not supported. Many of our workloads run in the region and it would be very beneficial for us to have them included in the application.

Response from ParkMyCloud

UPDATE 2/20/19
Hi Samantha - I want to let you know that we do now support AWS GovCloud! Please email us at [email protected] to get set up.
-Katy
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Original Response:
Hi Samantha, thanks for the review and glad you are saving money using ParkMyCloud. We are looking into supporting GovCloud in the future and will keep you posted. If you have any other questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out directly.
-Katy

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Reed S.

Great product, wish had more advanced features

Reviewed on 2017/01/24
Review Source: Capterra

I really appreciate the value that ParkMyCloud brings to us - it has saved us at least $/month since we started using it.

I do wish however that the tools for analyzing sizing were more comprehensive - several competitors have agent-based models that analyze local instance usage and can give AWS sizing based on that, which seems to be a major feature that's lacking in ParkMyCloud. During a recent review, a competitor's product recommended an additional $/month in savings by shrinking AWS instance sizes, something ParkMyCloud doesn't presently have the ability to calculate effectively.

However, as a tool that you can give to ANYONE in your organization, and have them be responsible for their own AWS costs, it is certainly unmatched. I've given it to execs who had no technical ability at all, and told them "here you go - you can only control your specific servers, design a power schedule that works for you", and they've done it with zero assistance.

I do think it's a serious "miss" that you don't have the ability in the UI to specify which EC2 instances you do and don't want ParkMyCloud to manage (and thereby have to pay for). If you have instances that are always running, and you're happy with their sizing and not interested in analyzing those, it doesn't seem like you should have to pay ParkMyCloud for managing them.

Response from ParkMyCloud

Hi Reed, thanks so much for your review!

We are actually planning to add rightsizing functionality this year, and would like to get your input about this feature - I'll send you an email regarding that.

Regarding your last point, we determined that customers appreciate being able to see and manage all instances in a single dashboard, and built the pricing model around this assumption - so the cost per instance per month is lower than it would be if we charged only per instances parked. Additionally, some customers choose to separate instances into different AWS accounts based on whether they plan to manage those instances in ParkMyCloud or not. Thanks for your feedback on this!
-Katy

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Justin M.

Overall, this product is great at what it does and it saved us from having to code the process.

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2017/10/17
Review Source: Capterra

Saved thousands per month on a fairly small number of EC2 instances that were costly running 24/7.

Pros

- Very easy and seamless to integrate into current AWS account.
- Saved money per month after implementing a business hours schedule, all with a simple click of a button
- You can team up accounts for user permissions
- Supports multiple cloud accounts
- Nice looking reports, although data could be skewed from static costs
- The ability to snooze an instance for maintenance is great. We can have vendors control instance status without intervention.
- Quick response on turning on/off an instance and maintaining that state if the change was done within AWS console itself.
- Nice inventory/details of each instance such as IPs, instance type, instance ID, block devices, etc...

Cons

- Charges for all ec2 instances whether in use or not. May have to craft special IAM permissions to limit the instances it bills on.
- Projected/Actual savings is a bit off due to static costs, not considering if the instance includes SQL licensing
- Can't forcibly shutdown an instance on errors, although AWS console supports this by issuing two shutdown commands.

Response from ParkMyCloud

Hi Justin, thanks for the review! Glad to hear you're getting value out of ParkMyCloud. We're always happy to hear feedback so don't hesitate to reach out to us directly. -Katy

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Benjamin H.

Makes it really easy to save money for the person who needs business-hours only instances

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2016/08/22
Review Source: Capterra

The product was relatively new when we started. This meant we hit some bugs and had some feature deficits. PMC was great at getting the issues fixed quickly, and communicating new features that we were waiting for. They even reach out when they see problems with our account. We could not use it as widely as we had hoped, but it works well when we use it.

Pros

easy to create a sleep schedule
economical
easy to understand

Cons

security policy can be difficult to manage
does not support google
requires time to monitor

Response from ParkMyCloud

Hi Benjamin, thanks for writing a review! We appreciate your business & ongoing feedback you provide as a customer.

I do want to comment on a few things you mentioned. We will be adding support for Google Compute (and Microsoft Azure) in the near future - first half of 2017. Also, time to monitor should be reduced once we have external notifications (email, etc.) in place. Regarding the security policy which we've discussed offline, we're in communication with AWS on ways to make this simpler to manage.

Again, thanks so much for taking the time to review, and as always, please reach out with any questions or feedback!

-Katy

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Keith N.

Excellent Experience: Easy to Use, Powerful, Money-Saving

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2017/10/17
Review Source: Capterra

Cost savings, ability to schedule environments, easy UI to be able to restart instances outside of the AWS console (so we can control who needs/gets access to the AWS console directly).

There isn't anything that I don't like about the software. Everything works great. Roles and rights work great. Scheduling works great. Support for multiple cloud vendors works great. There's very clear UI for indicating savings. New reports are also intuitive and easy to generate.

Pros

I think it is a big missing feature from AWS not having the ability to schedule instances. We leverage this to schedule all of our environments and to even do quick restarts if there is a prod issue requiring that. In the future, we will also leverage it to be able to control when a DR site comes online.

Response from ParkMyCloud

Keith, thanks so much for the positive review, glad to hear you're getting value from using ParkMyCloud! -Katy

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

ParkMyCloud Pricing

Starting from
US$2,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

ParkMyCloud offers several pricing plans for users to choose from:

Free – $0/instance/month

Unlimited instances
1 Team
5 Users
1 Credential

Basic – $2/month

Unlimited instances
5 Teams
10 Users
3 Credentials

Standard – $3/instance/month

Unlimited instances
10 Teams
20 Users
5 Credentials

An Enterprise pricing plan is also available on a by quote basis.

ParkMyCloud Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for ParkMyCloud

Key features of ParkMyCloud

  • Analysis of cloud resource costs
  • Automate scheduling of cloud resource on/off times
  • Automatic start/stop of cloud resources
  • Available for enterprise use
  • Cloud cost management
  • Control user access with teams and roles
  • Cost management
  • Estimates cloud costs with and without schedules
  • Integrates with Active Directory for SSO
  • Logs activities in platform
  • Manage automated parking policies for cloud resources
  • Manage cloud credentials
  • Manage public cloud costs
  • Manage public cloud resources
  • Monitors activities in platform
  • Multi-cloud management
  • Open API available
  • Open API available
  • Parking recommendations
  • Permission-limited users & teams
  • Public cloud resource scheduling
  • Reporting on cloud usage provided
  • Role based permissions and teams available
  • Role based permissions and teams available
  • See public cloud financials
  • Simple set up and use with web-based platform
  • Single-view dashboard
  • Team & role structures govern access
  • Tracks activities in platform
  • Tracks public cloud costs
  • Use cloud tags & keywords for automated policies
  • Use tags for automated parking policies

Benefits

  • Reduce cloud costs - Reduce cloud costs by up to 65% by scheduling on/off times for non-production AWS EC2, Azure, and GCP instances.

  • Save time with automation - eliminate development resources that would otherwise be spent turning instances on and off. Save time that you may have spent writing and maintaining scripting solutions.

  • Increase scalability and control - Add multiple users and manage multiple AWS, Azure, and GCP accounts in your ParkMyCloud account. Maintain team visibility and governance using team and role structures.

  • Gain Visibility - See all your instances from multiple AWS, Azure, and GCP accounts, across all regions, instance types, and pricing options.

  • Integrations - REST API, Slack integration, SSO integrations, and workflows with major automation tools fit ParkMyCloud in to your existing DevOps processes

  • ParkMyCloud FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for ParkMyCloud.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ParkMyCloud offer?

    ParkMyCloud offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$2,00/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    ParkMyCloud offers several pricing plans for users to choose from:

    Free – $0/instance/month

    Unlimited instances
    1 Team
    5 Users
    1 Credential

    Basic – $2/month

    Unlimited instances
    5 Teams
    10 Users
    3 Credentials

    Standard – $3/instance/month

    Unlimited instances
    10 Teams
    20 Users
    5 Credentials

    An Enterprise pricing plan is also available on a by quote basis.

    Q. What are the main features of ParkMyCloud?

    ParkMyCloud offers the following features:

    • Analysis of cloud resource costs
    • Automate scheduling of cloud resource on/off times
    • Automatic start/stop of cloud resources
    • Available for enterprise use
    • Cloud cost management
    • Control user access with teams and roles
    • Cost management
    • Estimates cloud costs with and without schedules
    • Integrates with Active Directory for SSO
    • Logs activities in platform
    • Manage automated parking policies for cloud resources
    • Manage cloud credentials
    • Manage public cloud costs
    • Manage public cloud resources
    • Monitors activities in platform
    • Multi-cloud management
    • Open API available
    • Open API available
    • Parking recommendations
    • Permission-limited users & teams
    • Public cloud resource scheduling
    • Reporting on cloud usage provided
    • Role based permissions and teams available
    • Role based permissions and teams available
    • See public cloud financials
    • Simple set up and use with web-based platform
    • Single-view dashboard
    • Team & role structures govern access
    • Tracks activities in platform
    • Tracks public cloud costs
    • Use cloud tags & keywords for automated policies
    • Use tags for automated parking policies

    Q. Who are the typical users of ParkMyCloud?

    ParkMyCloud has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does ParkMyCloud support?

    ParkMyCloud supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ParkMyCloud offer?

    ParkMyCloud has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does ParkMyCloud support mobile devices?

    ParkMyCloud supports the following devices:

    iPhone

    Q. What other apps does ParkMyCloud integrate with?

    ParkMyCloud integrates with the following applications:

    Amazon EC2, Google Authentication Appliance, Microsoft Azure, Okta, OneLogin, PingFederate

    Q. What level of support does ParkMyCloud offer?

    ParkMyCloud offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials