Amazon’s AWS Extends Free “Out” Data Transfer Limits
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Amazon’s AWS cloud division has announced a significant expansion of its free offering, increasing the amount of data that customers can transfer from AWS Regions to the Internet and from its CloudFront content delivery network (CDN), before they need to start uploading. to pay.
The move is likely designed to counter growing criticism of excessive data transfer fees, as well as competitive moves by other cloud companies. Plus, it helps retain smaller customers as they – and their cloud infrastructure needs – grow.
Spending on cloud infrastructure is skyrocketing and Amazon has emerged as the clear market leader, accounting for roughly a third of all public cloud spending. The free AWS tier – which Amazon first launched in 2010 – is a key part of Amazon’s cloud strategy, serving as a sort of “carrot on a stick” to draw developers and businesses on board for that they try all the juicy things in the cloud for free before committing any hard dollars.
But like in almost any industry, competition means that companies often have to revise their pricing and structures to make sure that no new (or old) neighborhood kid steals their business. Just a few months ago, CDN giant Cloudflare announced its arrival in object storage, challenging Amazon’s S3 with its own Cloudflare R2 storage. This included full API compatibility with S3, but without the expensive egress bandwidth fees that cloud providers like Amazon charge.
Exit charges are essentially a “hidden” fee charged whenever a company wants to pull data from a company’s cloud and move it elsewhere, and are often seen as a way for vendors to “lock in” their customers. As such, Cloudflare launched the Bandwidth Alliance in 2018, Oracle recently joined a network of 19 cloud companies who have committed to eliminating “unnecessary data transfer charges”.
All this hubbub has likely put pressure on the big cloud providers – or at least AWS – to rethink their approach to excessive exit fees.
Amazon will now increase the amount of data that businesses in its free tier can transfer from AWS to the internet without paying, from 1 GB per region to 100 GB of data each month, which includes Amazon S3, EC2, and Elastic Load. Balancing. Two notable exceptions here are data transfers from AWS GovCloud and AWS China Regions, which will not be changed.
Amazon’s CloudFront CDN, meanwhile, will now offer up to 1 terabyte (TB) of data transfers per month, a significant increase from the 50 GB previously offered. Interestingly, Amazon is also removing the 12-month trial period, which means it will be a permanent fixture for CloudFront users. Finally, Amazon is also increasing the number of free HTTP and HTTPs requests from 2 million to 10 million.
The changes announced today will take effect on December 1, 2021.
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