Amazon Web Services Reduces Storage Prices, More

Amazon Web Services announced a reduction of its storage prices and also announced the addition of auto discovery to its ElastiCache service.

Amazon Web Services has announced several enhancements and offers for its customers, including lower prices for its Amazon Simple Storage Solution and Reduced Redundancy Storage, and the addition of auto discovery to Amazon ElastiCache.

In its 24th price reduction, AWS reduced Amazon S3 standard storage and Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) prices by 24 to 27 percent in the U.S., with similar price reductions across all other regions.

AWS made the announcements at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, where users, developers, partners and others in the AWS ecosystem gathered to get the latest on the company's strategy going forward.

"We are reducing our 0-1TB storage tier in the US Standard region to $0.095/GB, a 24 percent price reduction," AWS said in a statement announcing the news. "We are making similar reductions across all of our storage tiers for storage up to 5000TBs. The new lower prices for all regions can be found on the Amazon S3 pricing changes announcement page."

New prices are effective Dec. 1 and will be applied to customers for all storage on or after this date, the company said.

In addition, Amazon announced that Amazon S3 now stores 1.3 trillion objects and is regularly peaking at more than 800,000 requests per second. "We've often talked about the benefits of AWS's scale," said Jeff Barr, a Web services evangelist at Amazon, in a blog post. "This massive scale is enabling us to make these Amazon S3 price reductions across all of our nine regions worldwide."

AWS also announced the availability of Auto Discovery, a new way to connect to your Amazon ElastiCache cluster. Auto Discovery enables automatic discovery of cache nodes by clients when the nodes are added to or removed from an ElastiCache cluster. Amazon ElastiCache is a Web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. The service improves the performance of Web applications by allowing you to retrieve information from a fast, managed, in-memory caching system, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases.

Developers today must keep track of the node endpoints of their ElastiCache clusters. Also, they must update the list of endpoints manually to handle cluster membership changes, AWS said. Depending on how the client application is architected, this might require shutting down the application and restarting it, thereby resulting in downtime.