Amazon EC2, the main computing engine that powers Amazon Web Services, will reportedly start charging customers by the second and not by the hour, as
Amazon EC2, the main computing engine that powers Amazon Web Services, will reportedly start charging customers by the second and not by the hour, as the company stated in a blog post.
“One of the many advantages of cloud computing is the elastic nature of provisioning or deprovisioning resources as you need them. By billing usage down to the second we will enable customers to level up their elasticity, save money, and customers will be positioned to take advantage of continuing advances in computing.”, as Amazon wrote on their blog.
What is Cloud Service?
Amazon launched Amazon Web Services in 2016, a move that led to a change in the way things work, as Business Insider (businessinsider.com) wrote in a report.
Programmers no longer had the need to buy, build and maintain their servers, because they could pay Amazon by the hour to access the amount of supercomputing power they would use. This changed the way of building software, leading to the arrival of businesses like Dropbox, Airbnb, and others, as Business Insider pointed out.
What does the Change Mean?
Now Amazon is reportedly charging customers by the second rather than by the hour.
“This change is effective in all AWS Regions and will be effective October 2, for all Linux instances that are newly launched or already running. Per-second billing is not currently applicable to instances running Microsoft Windows or Linux distributions that have a separate hourly charge. There is a 1 minute minimum charge per-instance.”, as the company explained.
The idea behind is to answer to the more modern demands of developers and the way they build apps today.
“Many of our customers are dreaming up applications for EC2 that can make good use of a large number of instances for shorter amounts of time, sometimes just a few minutes.”, as Amazon’s Jeff Barr wrote as quoted by Business Insider.
Other big cloud providers are Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, offered by well-known rivals like Microsoft and Google.