Amazon Lowers Cloud Prices (Again), Especially for Linux

Makes EC2 cloud hosting in select US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America regions cheaper

Christopher Tozzi, Technology Analyst

January 6, 2016

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Amazon Lowers Cloud Prices (Again), Especially for Linux
Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon, speaking at AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas (Photo: AWS)

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Amazon EC2 cloud hosting has become cheaper than ever following a price reduction for certain services and regions, especially if you use Amazon's Linux images.

The pricing changes, which Amazon announced Tuesday, include 5-percent reductions in the cost of Linux cloud servers on the following configurations:

  • C4 and M4 instances in select regions in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

  • R3 instances in the same regions, plus Brazil.

  • R3 instances in Amazon's GovCloud US service, which is designed for hosting sensitive government data.

Amazon has also slashed prices for hosting based on other operating systems, including Windows, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The cost reductions in those cases vary but are less than the 5% reduction for generic Linux hosting.

This will be welcome news to many AWS users, but it's especially beneficial for organizations who run Amazon's version of EC2-optimized Linux. The changes are one more small factor to drive the appeal of open source cloud hosting (using generic Linux, not the commercial versions of SLES or RHEL).

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About the Author(s)

Christopher Tozzi

Technology Analyst, Fixate.IO

Christopher Tozzi is a technology analyst with subject matter expertise in cloud computing, application development, open source software, virtualization, containers and more. He also lectures at a major university in the Albany, New York, area. His book, “For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution,” was published by MIT Press.

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