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Amazon counters Google with its own cloud price cuts

Joab Jackson | March 27, 2014
The price war among major cloud providers continues, with Amazon Web Services announcing Wednesday that it is lowering the prices of a number of its cloud services, one day after Google slashed prices.

The new S3 prices are slightly higher for other Asia-Pacific data centers and for South American customers. The price drops through several tier levels depending on how much is stored.

By way of comparison, Google now offers Cloud Storage at $0.026 cents per gigabyte per month, and $0.020 cents per gigabyte per month for reduced availability, regardless of the amount of data stored.

With AWS EC2, a m3.medium Linux compute instance run from the company's northern Virginia data center, with 1 virtual CPU and 3.75 gibibytes (a gibibyte is a binary multiple of a byte), will cost $0.07 per hour starting Tuesday. The new prices for accessing GCE in California and other parts of the world will be slightly higher.

Until April 1, that same m3.medium setup will cost $0.113 per hour.

For the AWS RDS service, a single medium instance of MySQL, known as a db.m3.medium, will cost $0.095 per hour, when run from the northern Virginia Amazon data center. Currently, it costs $0.150 per hour.

At the summit, AWS also announced a number of new technologies. Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop service announced at the AWS re:Invent conference last November, is now generally available. It also has launched new functionality that will allow an organization to establish a peering connection between two virtual private clouds within AWS.

AWS also introduced a number of new compute types for EC2.

The company is refreshing the HS1 line of storage-intensive EC2 nodes. The new HS1 instances, which will debut within a few weeks, will support twice as many virtual CPU threads and will also boost the throughput from 2.6Gbps to 3.6Gbps. The company is also introduced a line of memory-intensive EC2 node, called R3s. This line will feature an 8-to-1 ratio of memory to CPU, allowing up to 244GB of RAM per instance.

 

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