I'm happy to announce that we are lowering the price of Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) database instances, both On-Demand and Reserved.
On-Demand prices have been reduced as much as 18% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL (Bring Your Own License) and 28% for SQL Server BYOL. All of your On-Demand usage will automatically be charged at the new and lower rates effective June 1, 2013.
Reserved Instance prices have been reduced as much as 27% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL. The new prices apply to Reserved Instance purchases made on or after June 11, 2013.
Here is a table to illustrate the total cost of ownership for an m2.xlarge DB Instance for MySQL or Oracle BYOL using a 3-year Reserved Instance:
|Region||Old Price||New Price||Savings|
|US East (Northern Virginia)||$4,441||$3,507||21%|
|US West (Northern California)||$6,044||$4,410||27%|
|US West (Oregon)||$4,441||$3,507||21%|
|AWS GovCloud (US)||$4,835||$4,217||13%|
Although Reserved Instance purchases are non-refundable, we are making a special exception for 1-year RI's purchased in the last 30 days and 3-year RI's purchased in the last 90 days. For a limited time, you can exchange recently purchased RI's for new ones. You'll receive a pro-rata refund of the upfront fees that you paid at purchase time. If you would like to exchange an RDS Reserved Instance for a new one, simply contact us.
As you may know from my recent blog post, we have made a lot of progress since releasing Amazon RDS just 3.5 years ago. In addition to the recently announced Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Multi-AZ database instances, you have the ability to provision up to 30,000 IOPS for demanding production workloads, encryption at rest using Oracle's Transparent Data Encryption, and simple disaster recovery using Multi-AZ and read replicas.
PS - Here's a full list of AWS price reductions.