[thelist] Instance-hour

sbeam sbeam at onsetcorps.net
Wed May 21 18:35:25 CDT 2008

On Wednesday 21 May 2008 08:12, Dave Stevens wrote:
> Amazon Web Services
> could anyone explain clearly what an 
> instance-hour actually is and how I would calculate my likely usage?

what service are you investigating? 

no expert myself but having just looked into EC2 this week, it seems they just 
start a timer when you "boot up" (initialize) your virtual server. Timer goes 
off when you shut down. It's that simple AFAIK. 

So at $0.10/hr for the "Small Instance" thats $74.40 a month if you don't shut 
it down, which is in the same range as other virtual-dedicated hosts I know 
of (mediatemple). But the bandwidth is also metered and is additional. I plan 
to use it for occasional development and maybe backups eventually, so my cost 
should be quite reasonable.


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