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AWS cuts prices again — this time on data transfer

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Amazon Web Services cut prices on data transfers out of its cloud and both into and out of its CloudFront CDN effective December 1. The cuts are detailed in the chart below.

As a company that likes to track such things, [company]Amazon[/company] said this is the 47th time it’s cut prices, but many of those reductions up till now were clustered around EC2 compute instances and S3 storage.  Data transfer rates were something even AWS fans often griped about because they are seen as, well, pricey compared to competitors, including [company]IBM[/company] SoftLayer, which does not charge for moving customer data between SoftLayer facilities around the world.

Cloud companies rooted in the telecom world — [company]CenturyLink[/company], [company]Verizon[/company], etc.– also claim to offer cheaper data transfer costs than the public cloud giant. [company]Google[/company], which is amping up its public cloud effort also announced new network peering options and price cuts a few weeks ago.

If bandwidth costs suck up most of your cloud budget, these alternatives may be worth a look but be sure to compare to the latest AWS prices.

AWS outbound data transfer prices.
AWS outbound data transfer prices.

And here’s a glimpse at pricing of outbound data transfer from Amazon’s CloudFront CDN to different AWS regions.

CloudFront data transfer cost to various regions.
CloudFront data transfer cost to various regions.





2 Responses to “AWS cuts prices again — this time on data transfer”

  1. Network prices have always been a massive hidden cost for the big public clouds, so it’s good to see AWS reducing costs here. Google reduced their costs for networking a few weeks back, except for China where the price actually went up!

    They’re still both charging for internal traffic though, whether between zones or regions. This remains a major advantage for Softlayer who don’t charge anything.

    • Mike Smith

      Of course China’s data pricing must go up. You’re not just paying for data transfer, you also have to pay for the police resources to comb over your data for dangerous and illegal ideas (up to and including puns).

      America OTOH, is the land of the free. The exact same data monitoring costs nothing, courtesy of the US taxpayer.