ParkMyCloud Includes New Microsoft Teams Bot for Easier Cloud Cost Control

May 27, 2018

 

ParkMyCloud has included a new Microsoft Teams bot that lets users to completely interact with the ParkMyCloud platform directly via the Microsoft Teams chat window, instead of using the web GUI.

This new webhook integration lets a direct notice feed of all ParkMyCloud optimization and cost saving actions to be fed into the chatbot and shown through the Microsoft Teams networks that users continuously have open. The new combination makes it much simpler for users to keep track of their cloud expenses, improve the use of cloud resources, and save money on their cloud bills.

ChatOps is proving popular with DevOps teams for handling their settings, in particular, Slack and more lately Microsoft Teams. Via these platforms, it is possible to retrieve the servers and databases they require for work. ParkMyCloud has reacted by integrating a chatbot for Slack, and now the same functionality has been included for Microsoft Teams.

By using these chatbots and organizing them to interact with ParkMyCloud accounts, users can simply allocate timetables, toggle instances to switch on or off as needed, and provisionally pause agendas on parked instances. If users also add in ParkMyCloud notices, it provides them with complete visibility into their cloud optimization and cost decrease actions via normal Microsoft Teams and Slack channels.

When notices are integrated, ParkMyCloud will post messages to chat channels concerning modifications to timetables and send warnings when instances are set to be turned on or off. The new integration lets users react to those notices without leaving the chat channel and allocate new timetables, start systems back on that have been switched off, and put timetables on snooze.

As the chatbot is open source – written in NodeJS using Microsoft’s botbuilder library – it is simple to change to suit the requirements of individual users. ParkMyCloud has streamlined the editing of orders and replies for users who are not specialists in NodeJS and is encouraging users to get in touch with proposals and remarks to help improve functionality.