Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends
Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that customers would no longer be charged to load data into Windows Azure. Amazon followed suit today, removing the $0.10 per Gigabyte toll on incoming data and significantly dropping the cost of outbound transfers and downloads. Whilst competitors such as Rackspace Cloud still charge $0.08 per Gigabyte, this trend toward free uploads looks likely to continue. Lowering the barrier to entry makes good business sense, and the easier a company can make it for their customers to upload large volumes of data, the more likely those customers are to use the services in which their data reside — and the harder it will be for them to leave. I can only presume that similar announcements from Rackspace and the others will trickle out over the Summer.