What Constitutes a Compute Hour or Cost/Hour?

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I've been shopping around for cloud based hosting solutions, particularly MS Azure & Amazon's EC2. They, Microsoft and Amazon, have pricing tables which describe a "cost/hour"/"compute hour."

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When they say "cost/hour" or "compute hour," what's in an hour? Is it the amount of time an application pool, in the case of an ASP.NET app, is active? Or, the amount of time that your application is active? Or, is it related in some manner to the incoming requests per hour/minute?

Is there a possibility that if the app is not active (serving requests) it's not factored into the overall cost calculation, thus reducing the overall "compute time"?

Sep 3, 2018 in Azure by cloudie_crank
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An hour counts as the time your app is deployed (running or not, being accessed or not). An hour is a 'wall clock' hour - meaning if you deploy at 10:45am and deleted at 11:05am, you are charged two hours (the 10 o'clock hour and the 11 o'clock hour).

Simple as that :-)

answered Sep 3, 2018 by null_void
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