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