Amazon has dropped the charges for some of its EC2 cloud services. Price cuts are always welcome, but yet again prices in the Australian region haven't fallen at the same level as other markets.
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In a post on the Amazon Web Services blog, the company details cuts in pricing for EC2 Reserved Instances on various Linux platforms. Here are the percentage price cuts across Amazon's m1, m2, m3 and c1 tiers:
|US East (Northern Virginia)||13.0%||23.2%||13.2%||10.1%|
|US West (Northern California)||13.3%||27.7%||13.3%||10.0%|
|US West (Oregon)||13.0%||23.2%||13.2%||10.1%|
|AWS GovCloud (US)||0.6%||13.9%||1.1%||2.1%|
|Asia Pacific (Singapore)||4.9%||19.8%||4.9%||2.4%|
|Asia Pacific (Tokyo)||4.9%||20.8%||5.0%||2.2%|
|Asia Pacific (Sydney)||4.9%||19.8%||4.9%||2.4%|
|South America (São Paulo)||4.9%||21.1%||4.9%||0.0%|
Amazon's Sydney instance has had higher costs than US sites ever since it launched, but the effect of the price cuts is generally to exaggerate those differences even more. A similar pattern was evident in cuts to data transfer rates earlier this year. The lesson? There's no sign that local pricing is going to match up with US options any time soon.