Amazon Web Services cuts S3 request prices by up to 60%, making data retrieval a great deal cheaper

Amazon Web Services cuts S3 request prices by up to 60%, making data retrieval a great deal cheaper

Amazon Web Services has slashed the prices of Amazon S3, its online storage website, across all nine of the regions that it operates in.

PUT, COPY, POST and LIST actions have been cut in half to $0.005 per 1,000 requests made by the user. GET requests, meanwhile, have been lowered by 60 percent to $0.004 for every 10,000 requests.

The changes were introduced at the beginning of the month and the company says it will be applying the new rates to all bills issued on or after this date.


Amazon Web Services offers S3 as an easy way for developers to manage web-scale computing. It’s essentially a high-level cloud-based storage service, giving users the ability to retrieve large amounts of data at any time using only the browser. It’s based on the same infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its websites, and is supposed to be highly scalable, secure and inexpensive.

Glacier archive and restore requests are currently set at $0.05 per 1,000 requests on the service, while delete requests and glacier data restores remain free.

It follows the introduction of Amazon Redshift, a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it easier to analyze large data sets, for users based in Oregon.

Amazon Web Services is in direct competition with Microsoft’s Windows Azure and Google, which offers a number of products including Google App Engine, Cloud Storage, Big Query and Compute Engine as part of its Google Cloud Platform.

The company’s underlying competitive strategy seems to be to focus almost solely on price, undercutting rival services at every turn. Amazon reduced its Dynamo DB pricing in all supported regions last month, cutting the price of indexed data storage by up to 75 percent.

It follows a drop in standard storage and reduced redundancy storage (RSS) prices last November, which saw its 1TB storage tier in the US drop to $0.095 per GB – a 24 percent reduction.

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