Amazon’s Web Services division has announced a new pricing model for EC2 reserved instances today. The reserved instances offering launched earlier this year and is basically a pre-paid option for the EC2 service. Amazon offers a lower rate in return for you locking into a one or three year contract.
From what I can tell, the pricing dropped quite a bit (some in the comments say 30%) – for example:
- small instance one year price dropped from $325 to $227.50 and three year price dropped from $500 to $350
There’s no doubt that Amazon wants to own the web services market and continuing to provide more service for lower prices keeps the momentum moving forward. Check out my notes from the Amazon web services seminar earlier this year.