Microsoft and Google already have adopted the billing method and now Amazon has gone the same way – at least for some of its services.
Amazon’s move to introduce per-second billing for some of its services forms part of a wider industry trend and could inspire similar moves by other cloud players, according to partners.
The cloud giant has announced that it will begin billing some forms of Linux instance of its EC2 and EBS services in one-second increments, bringing it into line with public cloud rivals Microsoft Azure and Google.
Amazon’s partners were happy as it seems to be part of an inexorable trend towards ‘per-millisecond’ pricing in the cloud world.
The feeling is that the world will get used to the idea and other cloud companies to follow this trend.
AWS will be able to provide sustained usage discounts, which is one remaining area where competitors claim they are cheaper.”
It appears to customers because they can reduce their TCO for workloads in cloud which in turn increases the appeal of moving new or more workloads to it.
Per-second is very helpful when running very heavy workloads, but a lot of the very large migrations to the cloud are just datacentre migrations where the private cloud providers like IBM play. It will be less interesting to some customers.