Users of ParkMyCloud have long been able to park AWS auto scaling groups, and now it is possible to park scale groups from other public cloud providers. In May 2018, ParkMyCloud added the functionality into its cloud optimization platform to allow users to park GCP Managed Instance Groups. That same functionality has now been extended to Microsoft Azure scale sets, allowing users to easily optimize costs for these groups of Azure virtual machines.
As with AWS auto scaling groups and GCP Managed Instance Groups, Azure Scale Sets can be parked with or without autoscaling, allowing groups to be either switched off entirely or set to a low state when they are not required. This new functionality allows users to further optimize their cloud instances, resulting in even further cost savings.
Users can set an Azure Scale Sets parking schedule with a minimum or maximum number of resources. A standard on/off schedule can be set which has a maximum number of zero resources, with groups switched off entirely when they are not required. Alternatively, in the low state, a minimum number of 1 resource can be set or more, depending on the needs of the users.
The ability to park Azure scale sets is not automatically enabled in the ParkMyCloud platform. Before it is possible to park these auto scaling groups, Azure Service Account permissions must be updated – Information on how to do that is provided in the ParkMyCloud’s User Guide.
Once account permissions have been changed scale sets can be scheduled and parked. To make this as easy as possible, it is possible to filter the dashboard to only display scale groups – via ‘Resources’ in the left-hand menu. Parking schedules can then be set for groups in the same way that they can for individual resources.