Under the new plan, usage of Linux instances that are launched in On-Demand, Reserved and Spot form will be billed in one-second increments, as will provisioned storage for EBS volumes.
"AWS Batch and Amazon EMR also will be subject to per-second billing. Customers add capacity to their EMR clusters to get results more quickly. With per-second billing for the EC2 instances in the clusters, adding nodes will be more cost-effective than ever." Barr noted. "With regard to AWS Batch, many customers complete their batch computing jobs in less than an hour", he pointed out. AWS Batch already launches and terminates Spot Instances, which are purchased through bidding on spare computing capacity, and often are 50 percent to 90 percent cheaper than on-demand pricing.
Many customers can now get the most value from EC2 by strategically choosing the most advantageous target instances when managing gaming, ad tech or 3D rendering fleets, Barr pointed out.