consumption-based pricing

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consumption-based pricing

Selling software or computing services based on demand (actual traffic, transactions, etc.) rather than a fixed fee per month. Cloud computing became extremely popular due to consumption-based pricing. See cloud computing.
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lt;p>Last month, when Microsoft announced prices for its coming Windows Azure platform-as-a-service (PaaS), the plan included a 5% discount off consumption pricing for Microsoft's 400,000 global sales partners, a half-year discount of 15% to 30% off consumption prices for those signing a minimum six-month contract, and two as yet undetailed subscription plans for partners.