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AWS Lowers Price on Several EC2 Cloud Instances

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Amazon Web Sevices has reduced prices on several EC2 instances, the company announced Tuesday. The price reductions will apply to On-Demand, Reserved instance, and Dedicated host instances running Linux in certain regions.

C4 and M4 instances in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) have been reduced by 5 percent, AWS Chief Evangelist, Jeff Barr said in a blog post.

R3 instances in all of the same regions plus South America (Brazil) and AWS GovCloud (US) have also been reduced by 5 percent.

The change is retroactive to Jan. 1 for On-Demand and Dedicated host plans, and applies to Reserved instances as of the announcement, though it may not be reflected in January billing estimates. There are also smaller reductions to the same instances in the same regions running Windows, SLES, and RHEL.

AWS changed the price structure for Reserved instances just over a year ago to make it more suitable for channel partners.

For those keeping score, Barr says, the price reduction is Amazon’s 51st.

AWS launched its EC2 Dedicated host service to general availability in November with greater control for enterprises, particularly over licenses.

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