I just got an email from Amazon Web Services. In honor of their 3 year anniversary, they are offering 3 cents per GB data transfer (that’s external transfer) instead of the normal 10 cents per GB. This is planned to last for 3 months. If this was IN and OUT, this would be a significant savings for companies using S3 to serve up large files. Still, while not as big as it could be, it does mean that this is the time to get all of your files loaded up.
Remember, this is just INto the data center. Transfer between S3 and EC2 (and EC2 instances) is free. Transfer out will cost the normal amounts.
Here is the full email:
Dear AWS Developers,
Three years ago this month, Amazon Web Services launched Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as “storage for the internet,” providing “highly scalable, reliable, low-latency storage at very low costs.” Since that time, Amazon S3 has experienced dramatic growth, expanded into Europe, and lowered pricing multiple times as we’ve been able to achieve ever greater economies of scale and pass them on to our customers. Today, the service has grown to store over 52 billion objects and serve over 1 trillion requests per year from customers in over 90 countries. Whether you’ve used Amazon S3 to back up files, host static website content, securely share files with your external business partners, or store scientific, financial, or website data for processing via Amazon EC2, you’ve contributed to this growth.
We owe the success of the service to you, and on the 3rd anniversary of Amazon S3, we’ve decided to say “thank you” with a few more “3s.” We’ll be offering “data transfer in” to Amazon S3 for only $0.03 per GB (vs. the standard $0.10) for the next 3 months, April through June. As always, data transfer between Amazon S3 and EC2 within regions remains free, and all other pricing dimensions are unchanged. At the beginning of July, prices will return to normal, so if you’ve been thinking about moving a new project into Amazon S3, now might be the time. More information on Amazon S3 and its pricing can be found here: aws.amazon.com/s3.
After three years, we continue to be excited and honored to be on this journey with you. Thank you.
The Amazon S3 Team