Amazon Offers Another New Cloud Storage Discount

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-01 Print this article Print

The company reduced its prices by nearly 20 percent on its Simple Storage Service. It was the second time in two weeks that Amazon has announced a special cloud storage offer.

Amazon, a pioneer in the cloud storage space four years ago, apparently has no intention of loosening the pressure it puts on the many competitors it has picked up since then.

The Seattle-based company on Nov. 1 reduced its prices by nearly 20 percent on its S3 (Simple Storage Service). It was the second time in two weeks that Amazon has announced a special cloud storage deal.

On Oct. 21, Amazon's Web Services division announced that developers and businesses can now apply for a free EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) usage tier to use for a full year. The new tier can be used for S3 storage, Elastic Block Store,  Elastic Load Balancing and AWS data transfer -- or all four.

As of Nov. 1, S3 users in the United States, European Union and Asia-Pacific regions will be charged 19 percent less for monthly storage data they wish to store in the cloud, the company said.

In adding the free developer-oriented storage tier announced Oct. 21, Amazon also recalibrated its other pricing tiers by adding a new tier at 1TB of storage and deleting the 50TB-to-100TB tier in order to offer volume discounts to more users.

The new Amazon pricing per month is as follows: 1TB: 14 cents per GB (was 15 cents); next 49TB: 12.5 per GB (was 15); next 50TB: 11 per GB (was 14); next 400TB: 11 per GB (was 13); next 500TB: 9.5 per GB (was 10.5); next 4000 TB: 8 cents pr GB (no change); more than 5000TB: 5.5 per GB (no change).

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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