Cloud titan Amazon Web Services has cut the cost of getting data out of its storage service, putting pressure on rivals Google and Microsoft. Request pricing for S3 GET operations across the company's nine globe-spanning data center hubs have been reduced by 60 per cent, and prices for PUT, LIST, COPY, and POST requests have …
The long game
Bezos knows how to play the long game, how many years did Amazon make a loss through deep discounting to now be *the* place to get books and so much more? Discounts dropped, profits rose, he knows how to sit it out and starve competition.
Re: The long game
He knows it but I don't think Microsoft or Google are the targets. He won't be doing it without some benefit to him. (And both Microsoft and Google lowering their prices won't achieve anything). It is more likely to affect people using openstack / cloudstack.
Not so great
Microsoft Azure's transactions are at $0.01 per 100,000
Amazon's transactions are at $0.50 per 100,000 or $0.40 per 100,000
Re: Not so great
The per-request fees aren't the only charges you'll incur. Both services also charge you for data transferred out of the data centre, and those prices are likely to dwarf the request charges.
If each of your requests result in 1kB of data out (in most real workloads, it will likely be more), 100,000 requests is 100GB of data. At the $0.12/GB pricing of both services, you'd be looking at $12 in charges. So the total cost for those requests is a lot closer than it might first appear. As your requests get larger, the per-request fees become even less relevant.
Re: Not so great
The article is about the per-request fees.
Agreed the fact the other costs are equivalent.
Are they even making any money?
Or running the entire AWS business as a loss leader for something bigger down the line? Seems like a bloody long game they are playing if its the latter.
Not that I'm complaining. My entire 6 hourly server backups for last month only cost me $4.56.
Any progress on quality
Has Amazon done any progress on quality?
Downloading files from AWS has got to be the most painful downloading experience I've had in years with super low speeds and no restart. Haven't had to use it since last december though.