Australia’s recently-repealed “carbon tax” had a direct impact on power prices, and power is one of the biggest components of data centre operating costs. But if you think that means cloud computing prices are about to fall, think again.
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Simon Sharwood at The Register asked a stack of local cloud providers if their prices were going to change, and essentially was given versions of “no” and “no comment”. That’s not entirely surprising: for by-the-hour cloud options, prices are often so low there’s not a lot of room to move costs. Regulators have said they will be looking to ensure cost savings are passed on, but that activity largely focuses on power providers themselves, not their users. And if cloud providers have chosen to absorb any costs, they’re not obliged to give them back. Hit the post for more on the responses.
Carbon tax repeal won’t see data centre operators cut prices [The Register]