Amazon on Nov. 14 announced its 53rd price reduction in its web services business. The company's Elastic Compute (EC2) team will adjust pricing downward beginning Dec. 1, "just in time to make your holiday season just a little bit more cheerful," evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in his corporate blog.
"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," Barr said.
Most of AWS's price reductions have come from its S3 storage (Simple Storage Service), which was instituted in 2006.
This one, however, is about cloud computing capacity. AWS is reducing the On-Demand, Reserved Instance (Standard and Convertible) and Dedicated Host prices for C4, M4, and T2 instances by up to 25 percent, depending on region and platform (Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE, Windows, and others).
C4: Reductions of up to 5 percent in U.S. East (Northern Virginia) and European Union (Ireland) and 20 percent in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).
M4: Reductions of up to 10 percent in U.S. East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), and EU (Frankfurt) and 25 percent in Asia Pacific (Singapore).
T2: Reductions of up to 10 percent in U.S. East (Northern Virginia) and 25 percent in Asia Pacific (Singapore).
"You do not need to take any action in order to benefit from the reduction in On-Demand prices," Barr wrote. "If you are using billing alerts or our newly revised budget feature, you may want to consider revising your thresholds downward as appropriate."