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Amazon moves to next-generation compute instances

Joab Jackson | Jan. 22, 2014
Sensing the customer need for more computational muscle in smaller packages, Amazon Web Services has added a number of new packages in its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service.

Prices on EBS have also been cut, for both the amount of storage and the I/O requests. EBS is AWS' preferred method of storing data for EC2 compute instances.

The price cuts for EBS vary by region. For the U.S. East Coast region, a GB of provisioned storage per month will run $0.05, a 50 percent reduction from the previous price of $0.10 per GB per month. The European Union region will also see prices halved: A GB of provisioned storage per month will run $0.055, a reduction from $0.11 per GB per month. For the Asia Pacific region covering Tokyo, a GB of provisioned storage per month will now cost $0.085 per GB per month, down from $0.12 per GB per month.

The cost of EBS I/O (input/output) requests has also been reduced. Now, a million I/O requests will cost $0.05 rather than $0.10, a 50 percent reduction in cost.

AWS routinely cuts the prices of its cloud services in what Andy Jassy, its vice president for cloud services, has called a virtuous cycle, where the more customers AWS signs up, the better economies of scale it can enjoy. Because it can buy more equipment, AWS can negotiate for steeper discounts with suppliers. It can also pioneer ways of standardizing and automating how it manages its infrastructure, further cutting the cost of maintenance.

The new pricing tiers will take effect on Feb. 1, 2014.

 

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