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Amazon Redshift, the data warehousing service based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, has been available in Australia since last October. Amazon has now introduced a new option, Dense Compute, designed for warehouses less than 500GB in size or where performance is a major issue.
It’s a pattern that has become familiar: Amazon Web Services (AWS) cuts pricing on a specific service, but customers using the Sydney data centre don’t get the same degree of discounting as in other locations. But Amazon’s latest round of price cuts — for the S3 and EBS storage services — don’t work out too badly.
Since Google announced the launch of its Compute Engine in mid 2012, the competition for this lucrative slice of the cloud market has heated up. Amazon AWS, which has the lion’s share of the cloud infrastructure market, has progressively reduced its pricing no less than 30 times in the last 7 years, and this downward cost trend will no doubt continue with Google’s recent drop in its raw compute costs .A race to the bottom on cost has to be a good thing for consumers, universities, governments and business alike, all looking to cut IT costs, right? Well, maybe not.