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November 15, 2016

AWS cuts EC2 prices

While Microsoft puts up its prices AWS cuts them.

By James Nunns

The cloud price war rumbles on with Amazon Web Services reducing the price of some of its instances.

The cloud company revealed a price reduction for EC2 that will go into effect on the 1st of December this year.

Chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote on the company’s blog to say: “Our engineering investments, coupled with our scale and our time-tested ability to manage our capacity, allow us to identify and pass on the cost savings to you.”

This is the 53rd price cut from AWS.

This is the 53rd price cut from AWS.

AWS is reducing the On-Demand, Reserved Instance (both standard and convertible) and Dedicated Host prices for C4, M4, and T2 instances by up to 25%, depending on region and platform.

The cuts will apply all of the company’s regions, the company highlighted these as being:

  • C4 – Reductions of up to 5% in US East (Northern Virginia) and EU (Ireland) and 20% in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Asia Pacific (Singapore).
  • M4  – Reductions of up to 10% in US East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), and EU (Frankfurt) and 25% in Asia Pacific (Singapore).
  • T2 – Reductions of up to 10% in US East (Northern Virginia) and 25% in Asia Pacific (Singapore).

Barr said that by his count this is the company’s 53rd price reduction and highlights how important an element this is of the AWS offering.

In recent months Google has poked at AWS for its pricing complexity and claimed that it is the cheapest cloud, while Microsoft took the decision to increase the prices of some of its cloud services in the UK following the Brexit vote by up to 22% – despite recently opening a UK data centre region.

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AWS said that customers won’t need to take any action in order to benefit from the reduction in On-Demand prices.

Also on CBR: AWS vs Google Cloud Platform vs Microsoft Azure: Cloud pricing continues to lack enterprise credentials

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