Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

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Amazon has rolled out yet another cut to prices for Amazon Web Services server instances.

The cloud backbone and Bezos cash cow says the price drop will cover multiple regions and will include the pay-per-hour on-demand instances, the pre-paid reserved plans, and full-machine dedicated host instances in Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Amazon says that the cuts are thanks to its own scaling up of data centers and more efficient hardware management.

"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," AWS evangelist Jeff Barr said in announcing the cuts.

The cuts will vary by instance type and region, with Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney, and Mumbai) getting the largest discounts. Amazon says pricing will also depend on the OS being used by the instance.

  • For the compute-focused C4 instances, the cuts will add up to around 5 per cent in the US East (Northern Virginia) and Europe regions, and as much as 20 per cent in the Mumbai and Sydney Asia-Pacific regions.
  • For the general-purpose M4 instances, prices in the US East (Northern Virginia), Ireland and Frankfurt regions will drop by up to 10 per cent, while Singapore will drop its instance prices by up to 25 per cent.
  • Finally, the VPC-dependent T2 instances will cut prices by up to 10 per cent in the US East (Northern Virginia) region and 25 per cent in Singapore.

AWS says the price drops will take effect globally on December 1. ®


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