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Paying by the Hour: Do You Use Hourly Instances?

WatchLow-end providers have steadily adapted features that were once the exclusive province of big companies.  For example:

  • Reverse DNS configuration by the user
  • Anycast configuration
  • Block storage

But one feature that hasn’t made it is hourly instances.  If you go to Linode, Amazon AWS, or Azure, you can spin up an instance for 5 minutes, spin it down, and only pay for those 5 minutes.  But if you go to LowEnd providers, you can only pay by the month.


We discussed this in a LowEndTalk thread and several reasons were mentioned:

  • Low-end provider margins are so razor thin that they need to lock in subscribers for a month.
  • Abuse is higher with ephemeral instances, which means increased support costs.
  • Provider panels don’t support hourly billing.

Do you use hourly instances?  For everything or only occasionally?  Let us know in the poll and comments below!

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Do you use hourly VMs?





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