Amazon Web Services Drops S3 Storage Prices

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-02-07 Print this article Print

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced price reductions averaging around 12 percent for its Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), effective Feb. 1, 2012.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a reduction in price for its Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), effective Feb. 1.

In a Feb. 6 blog post, Amazon Web Service evangelist Jeff Barr announced a new series of price reductions for the S3 service, noting that AWS continues to innovate on its customers€™ behalf to drive down storage costs and pass the saving back to the customer base.

€œWith this price change, all Amazon S3 standard storage customers will see a significant reduction in their storage costs,€ Barr said in his post. €œFor instance, if you store 50TB of data on average, you will see a 12% reduction in your storage costs, and if you store 500TB of data on average, you will see a 13.5% reduction in your storage costs.€

Barr said effective Feb. 1, 2012, the following prices are in effect for Amazon S3 standard storage in the US Standard region:


Old (GB / Month)

New (GB / Month)

First 1TB



Next 49TB



Next 450TB



Next 500TB



Next 4000TB


$0.080 (no change)

Over 5000TB


$0.055 (no change)

The prices for the other regions are listed on the Amazon S3 Pricing page, Barr said. For the AWS GovCloud region, the new lower prices can be found on the AWS GovCloud Pricing page, he noted.

€œIt might be useful for you to remember that an added advantage of using a cloud storage service such as Amazon S3 over using your own on-premise storage is that with cloud storage, the price reductions that we regularly roll out apply not only to any new storage that you might add but also to the existing storage that you have,€ Barr said. €œThis could amount to considerable financial savings for many of you.€

Meanwhile, in a Jan. 30 post, Barr cited the significant growth in objects stored on S3 between 2010 and 2011. Barr said that as of the end of 2011, there were 762 billion objects in Amazon S3. €œWe process over 500,000 requests per second for these objects at peak times,€ he said.

This spike in storage represents year-over-year growth of 192 percent, Barr said. Moreover, S3 grew faster last year than it did in any year since it launched in 2006, he said.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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