We are continuously working hard to drive down our costs and pass those savings back to our customers. And indeed, AWS has reduced pricing more than a dozen times in the last 4 years. See the list of AWS' announcements related to lowering prices:
- Apr 22, 2008 - AWS Lowers Data Transfer Costs
- Oct 09, 2008 - New Tiered Pricing for Amazon S3 Storage
- Jan 28, 2009 - New Lower Pricing Tiers for Amazon CloudFront
- Aug 20, 2009 - New Lower Prices for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances
- Sep 30, 2009 - New Lower Price for Windows Instances with Authentication Services
- Oct 27, 2009 - Announcing Lower Amazon EC2 Instance Pricing
- Dec 08, 2009 - New S3 Pricing Tiers, Lower EC2 Pricing and Free Inbound Data Transfer promotion
- Feb 01, 2010 - New Lower Pricing for Outbound Data Transfer
- Jun 07, 2010 - Amazon CloudFront Lowers Prices with HTTPS Support
- Sep 01, 2010 - New Lower Prices for High Memory Double and Quadruple XL Instances
- Oct 05, 2010 - Lower High Memory DB Instance Prices for Amazon RDS
- Nov 01, 2010 - Amazon S3 Reduces Storage Pricing
- Jan 06, 2011 - New Plans, Lower Pricing in AWS Premium Support
- May 18, 2011 - New Lower Prices for Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring
Today, we are pleased to announce that we're lowering our pricing again for AWS data transfer. Effective July 1, 2011, customers will not pay for any inbound data transfer. Plus, we are slashing our pricing in each tier for outbound data transfer. We are also introducing new pricing tiers for our high volume users.
New Data transfer prices for US-Standard, US-West and Europe regions (Effective July 1, 2011):
|Data Transfer Tiers||Previous Price||New Price
|Data Transfer In (All regions)||$ 0.100||$ 0.000|
|Data Transfer Out|
|First 1GB / month||$ 0.000||$ 0.000|
|Up to 10TB/ month||$ 0.150||$ 0.120|
|Next 40 TB / month (50 TB)||$ 0.110||$ 0.090|
|Next 100 TB / month (150 TB)||$ 0.090||$ 0.070|
|Next 350 TB / month (500 TB)||$ 0.080||$ 0.050|
|Next 524 TB / month (1 PB)||$ 0.080||contact us|
|Next 4 PB / month (5 PB)||$ 0.080||contact us|
|Greater than 5 PB||$ 0.080||contact us|
There is no charge for inbound data transfer across all services in all regions. That means, you can upload petabytes of data without having to pay for inbound data transfer fees. On outbound transfer, you will save up to 68% depending on volume usage. For example, if you were transferring 10 TB in and 10 TB out a month, you will save 52% with the new pricing. If you were transferring 500 TB in and 500 TB out a month, you will save 68% on transfer with the new pricing.
Likewise, we are also pleased to announce that for our Content Delivery Network, Amazon CloudFront, we’re also lowering prices effective July 1, 2011. We’ve added new pricing tiers in every region. Also, in the US and Europe, we’ve reduced data transfer pricing in every tier.
New Amazon CloudFront Regional Data transfer out prices for US and Europe (Effective July 1, 2011):
|Previous Bandwidth Tiers||Previous Price||New Bandwidth Tiers||New Price|
|First 10TB/ month||$ 0.150||First 10TB / month||$ 0.120|
|Next 40 TB / month (50 TB)||$ 0.100||Next 40 TB / month (50 TB)||$ 0.080|
|Next 100 TB / month (150 TB)||$ 0.080||Next 100 TB / month (150 TB)||$ 0.060|
|Next 100 TB / month (250 TB)||$ 0.070||Next 350 TB / month (500 TB)||$ 0.040|
|Next 250 TB / month (500 TB)||$ 0.060|
|Next 250 TB / month (750 TB)||$ 0.050||Next 524 TB / month (1 PB)||$ 0.030|
|Next 250 TB / month (1 PB)||$ 0.040|
|Greater than 1 PB||$ 0.030||Next 4 PB / month (5 PB)||$ 0.025|
|n/a||Greater than 5 PB||$ 0.020|
As a result of this pricing, you will see a reduction in your costs of up to 43%, depending on how much data you transfer each month. Plus, Amazon CloudFront also offers Reserved Capacity pricing that gives you the opportunity to receive significant additional discounts if you know you will reach minimum usage levels each month. Contact us for details on Reserved Capacity pricing.
Just a few days ago, I was having a conversation with a customer, who is CIO of F500 company, regarding the number of times AWS has lowered the pricing and he said “It makes me look so good in front of my CFO. When he [CFO] sees the savings in our AWS monthly bill, he thinks that it is me who is working hard on driving the costs down and increasing efficiency of the company’s infrastructure. I get all the credit for all the hard work you guys are putting in.”. - Yet another benefit of Cloud Computing.
The new version of the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator reflects this new pricing so feel free to estimate your costs again to see how much you will save due to these new lowered prices and feel free to take the credit!
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