Amazon lowers AWS pricing again; M3 instances roll out globally

Amazon lowers AWS pricing again; M3 instances roll out globally

Summary: The retail turned cloud giant has cut the pricing of its EC2 instances for the 25th time since it launched, and rolled out its M3 family of EC2 instances to all regions.

TOPICS: Amazon, Cloud

In making Amazon Web Service (AWS) more powerful and less expensive, the retailed turned cloud giant said in a blog post this morning that it has lowered the on-demand pricing for EC2 instances by on average 10-20 percent.

Amazon said that on-demand prices for EC2 instances in the M1, M2, M3 and C1 families have been lowered as of today, and prices for the transfer of data between AWS regions has also been reduced. 

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The company also said that the M3 family of EC2 instances will now be available in Northern California, Oregon, the AWS GovCloud (U.S.), Ireland, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney regions. Efforts are being made to bring M3 instances to the Brazil region in the coming weeks.

M3 was first announced in October last year, but was only available in the Northern Virginia region. The second-generation M3 instances—known as Second Generation Standard Instances—feature up to 50 percent higher absolute processor performance, run on 64-bit servers, and are optimized for Web serving and media coding applications, just to name a couple.

This is the twenty-fifth time that Amazon has reduced its pricing since it first launched its cloud services in 2006. 

Topics: Amazon, Cloud

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  • There are no stupid questions...

    OK, so after being in tech for 35 years and being online for 20 I have finally found an article that makes abaoslutely no sense whatsoever to me. WTF?!

    Could a gentle soul tell me what this article is about? Is it Technical? Financial? Fiscal? Administrative? I can't get ANY definition on Google about ""Second Generation Standard Instance" and I have NOT THE SLIGHTEST IDEA what the author is talking about ;)
    • The author assumes...

      readers know what the various service offerings are from AWS. Or it might be a quick post to get paid with no interest on the author's part in understanding what those tiers are, either. I suspect it's the latter. :-)
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  • this makes total sense

    I save 12.1% on what I am currently paying to run my production Hadoop cluster. And I did absolutely nothing. I didn't talk to a rep, go out to a fancy lunch, etc. I just get what I use now for less tomorrow. How can that be confusing?

    My only question is do I pout that savings into increases processing power (speed really), or just pay less. This is the sort of problem I like to have.