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Rackspace is now ready to talk about charging for cloud infrastructure by the minute (updated) | VentureBeat

In announcing today the availability of the OnMetal service, which eschews traditional server virtualization software to slice each physical server into multiple virtual machines for running applications, Rackspace said it would charge by the minute.

Actually Rackspace has always charged for cloud servers by the minute, but it’s the first time the cloud and hosting provider is being vocal about it in marketing materials, John Engates, the company’s chief technology officer, said in an interview with VentureBeat.

“Maybe the only reason that we did that is because other people, you know, held that out as a feature when we thought of that as par for the course all along,” Engates said.

Google astounded cloud industry spectators last year when it announced plans to charge for the Google Compute Engine public cloud by the minute. Now Rackspace is making claims about per-minute pricing for its newest cloud service, after revealing it last month.

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Rackspace is now ready to talk about charging for cloud infrastructure by the minute (updated).