Amazon drops cloud prices worldwide (again)

Amazon has cut the prices of its core cloud services for the nineteenth time in six years, putting pressure on its main competitor, Microsoft.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

Amazon has announced a "significant" price decrease across its cloud range for the nineteenth time in just six years. The company says it will pass on the savings to its customers.

Instead of dropping the price across the board, Amazon has many heads scratching as to exactly what has been cut, but it will be dependant on region and the type of instance.

Customers of Amazon's EC2, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), its relational database service Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache will see the price reductions as of today.

Prices of its rentable virtual machines, also known as Reserved Instances, have fallen by as much as 37 percent, while its on-demand instance prices have dropped by up to 10 percent.

The price drop to Amazon Web Services comes only a month after it reduced the price of its S3 storage service, which the web retailer turned cloud computing giant claims it stores over 760 billion objects.

Despite the company namedropping Foursquare and Samsung as its two prime examples of the model customer, it goes to show that Amazon's cloud services are not just for the startup, the avid developer, and the bank on the corner. Big names use it, and rely on it, and Amazon is keen to stress how valuable its service is compared to its Microsoft competitor.

"We want customers of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises to government agencies, to be able to use AWS to lower their technology infrastructure costs and focus their scarce engineering resources on work that actually differentiates their businesses and moves their missions forward," said Jeff Barr, Amazon's senior web services evangelist, on the company's blog.


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