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first of all, I couldn't find a StackExchange site on Cloud Computing. I think this is the most appropriate site, because some of you might be using Azure.

So I just wanted to know: The Windows Azure Pricing Page shows Linux Virtual Machine Price as $0.013/hr for an extra small VM.

The monthly price comes up to about $10.

Is this price charged as number of hours of computation done on the VM or number of hours of running the VM?

And if I shutdown the VM, will I be charged anything?

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closed as not constructive by Sven, Khaled, Ward, Tom O'Connor, EEAA Sep 15 '12 at 20:44

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Why do you ask this question here instead of contacting the Azure support? They know for sure. – Sven Sep 15 '12 at 13:15
This all should be in the service provider documentation. I know it is so in their major competitor. – Skaperen Sep 15 '12 at 19:08
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Nearly all cloud computing providers charge by running hour not cpu hour. This is in large part because the constrained resource is not the CPU, rather it's the RAM. An extra-small instance will be charged that $0.013/hr so long as it is running, even if all it is doing is recompiling apropos data once a day.

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Hey, thanks for the info, and the reason to why its that way. Thanks. :D – Arjun Bajaj Sep 15 '12 at 14:34

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