AWS Slashes Prices on EC2; Announces New Data Center in Korea

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Amazon Web Services brings in the New Year with its 51st overall price reduction for its popular cloud services.
AWS’s EC2 service, which allows businesses to spin up virtual machines in data centers all across the world, has announced price cuts up to 5% on selected services in selected regions.
EC2 services such as the On-Demand, Dedicated and Reserved instance pricing schemes received the discounts; AWS has specifically laid out which regions and which specific EC2 offerings eligible for the new lower price. These regions are:

  • US East (Northern Virginia)
  • US West (Northern California)
  • US West (Oregon)
  • Europe (Ireland)
  • Europe (Frankfurt)
  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)
  • South America (Brazil)

The AWS blog post goes on to mention that C4, M4 and R3 pricing received the 5% cut while other services such as Windows, Red Hat and SLES will receive smaller price cuts. AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr goes on to write that Amazon will cut prices on GovCloud services as well.
Theoretically, you could say that cuts to AWS GovCloud pricing saves taxpayers’ money, which is always good news to hear.
AWS Announces Data Center in Seoul, South Korea
In a separate press release, AWS has announced the launch of a new data center located in Seoul, South Korea. The new data center is aimed at helping Amazon gain market share in the Asia-Pacific region with its popular public cloud offerings.
AWS Senior VP Andy Jassy mentions, “Customers continue to choose AWS as their infrastructure technology platform because we have a lot more functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem built around AWS, and unmatched maturity, security, and performance,”
Jassy goes on to say, “Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve new initiatives that could change their business and customer experience; we’re excited about delivering this to our customers today.”