Posts Tagged ‘s3’

MS Azure Blob Storage outpaces Amazon S3

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

Nasuni, the cloud storage vendor, has a new report, White Paper: The State of Cloud Storage in 2013, that saysamongst other things, Azure has passed Amazon S3 in price/performance value. Nasuni publishes the annual report to share the information that it gathers in order to properly evaluate CSPs for its own use. In much the same way that traditional enterprise storage vendors use commodity disk drives as components in their products, Nasuni uses public cloud storage from the major CSPs as a component in their Storage Infrastructure as a Service.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn last year’s report, tests demonstrated that Amazon S3 was the top performer due to its overall performance and consistent results. Although other offerings showed potential, they had not yet reached the level of performance that Amazon S3 demonstrated.

For the 2013 CSP Performance Test, Nasuni measured performance across three categories:

  • Write/Read/Delete Speed: This test measures the raw ability of each CSP to handle thousands of writes, reads and deletes (W/R/D) with files of varying sizes and levels of concurrency.
  • Availability: This test measures each CSP’s response time to a single W/R/D process at 60-second intervals over a 30-day period.
  • Scalability: This test measures each CSP’s performance consistency (or lack thereof) as the number of objects under management increases into the hundreds of millions.

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Make your Site Faster with Amazon S3 and a CDN

February 28th, 2013 Comments off

Improve Site Performance

Are you looking for a good way to speed your website up and save money at the same time? If so, you may consider using Amazon S3 with a CDN (Content Delivery Network).  Both of these services use distributed servers to reduce latency and load time.  The Amazon S3 service works as hosting for your websites data, while the CDN caches that data on servers throughout the world to allow for fast access to the sites files, regardless of location.

Faster File Storage

Amazon S3 is the file storage solution that Amazon uses for its own site, which receives amake your site faster with amazon s3n enormous amount of traffic each day.  A greater number of servers allows for more visitors to access a site at the same time.  This is great, especially for those who are located somewhere near the region of the Amazon servers.  But for those people accessing the site from abroad, there may be a bit more latency and a bit less responsiveness from the site.

Worldwide Content Distribution

The way to ensure that data is delivered fast to anyone and everyone is to use a content deliver network to cache files on servers worldwide.  Instead of every single request going through the Amazon servers in one location, files can be accessed from a variety of servers, by a variety of visitors, from multiple locations instantaneously.

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Amazon lowers EC prices again

February 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Amazon has reduced their on demand EC2 prices. This applies to instances running Linux and is pretty much across the board as far as the type of instance. All M1 (first gen), M2 (high memory), M3 (second gen) and C1 (high CPU) instances are affected.

The reductions average 10-20%.

Here’s a table from the Amazon AWS blog.


  Savings (%)
Region M1 M2 M3 C1 Medium C1 Extra Large
 US East (Northern Virginia) 7.7% 8.9% 13.8% 12.1% 12.1%
 US West (Northern California) 27.7% 9.1% 11.3% 11.3%
 US West (Oregon) 7.7% 8.9% 12.1% 12.1%
 AWS GovCloud (US) 22.3% 9.3% 9.8% 9.8%
 Europe (Ireland) 23.5% 9.1% 11.3% 11.3%
 Asia Pacific (Singapore) 5.9% 2.2% 1.6% 1.9%
 Asia Pacific (Tokyo) 4.3% 2.5% 2.6% 2.6%
 Asia Pacific (Sydney) 5.9% 2.2% 1.6% 1.9%
 South America (São Paulo) 30.4% 20.6% 13.0% 13.0%

They are also reducing data transfer prices. This reduction only applies in region to region data transfers and not to internet connected transfers. So, if you are redundant between multiple regions (say, for failover), maintaining that redundancy is now cheaper. Moving from one region into another region was already free. This is relates to the price you pay for data leaving a region.


Here’s the table from the same post as above.

Region Old Price / GB New Price / GB Savings
US East (Northern Virginia) $0.120 $0.020 83%
US West (Northern California) $0.120 $0.020 83%
US West (Oregon) $0.120 $0.020 83%
AWS GovCloud (US) $0.155 $0.030 81%
Europe (Ireland) $0.120 $0.020 83%
Asia Pacific (Singapore) $0.190 $0.090 53%
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) $0.200 $0.090 55%
Asia Pacific (Sydney) $0.190 $0.140 26%
South America (São Paulo) $0.250 $0.160 36%

The data transfer is not just EC2. It applies to EC2, S3, Glacier, and CloudFront.

Jeff Bezos provides an example savings:

Let’s work through an example to see what this means in practice. Suppose you are delivering 100 TB of content per month to your users, with a 10% cache miss rate (90% of the requests are delivered from a cached copy in a CloudFront edge location), and that this content comes from the Standard or Europe (Ireland) Amazon S3 Region. The cost of your origin fetches (from CloudFront to S3) will drop from $1,228.68 to $204.80, an 83% reduction.


Amazon AWS was pretty much the first and is still the eader, both in functionality and price. I do 99% of my cloud computing there.


Amazon Web Services S3 – Part 3: Costs and SLA

April 6th, 2009 Comments off

Simple Storage Service (S3)


Storage is cheaper in the US than in Europe. If you are based in Europe, you may want to decide which is more important when getting or adding data: price or latency.


US per GB

Europe per GB

First 50TB/Month



Next 50TB/Month



Next 400TB/Month



Over 500TB/Month



Table 3: S3 Storage Costs

Data Transfer

US per GB

Europe per GB

Transfer Into S3



First 10TB Out of S3



Next 40TB Out of S3



Next 100TB Out of S3



Out over 150TB



Table 4: S3 Data Transfer Costs


US per 10000 Requests

Europe per 10000 Request

Put, Copy, List, Post



Delete (always free)



Get and all other requests



Table 5: S3 Request Costs

These prices are accurate as of the time of writing them. As always, verify before making a decision.


Amazon warrants a 99.9% uptime on a monthly basis. This is a significant uptime percentage. If S3 is not able to meet the uptime guarantee, Amazon will credit your account for the month of service interruption. If the percentage of uptime is between 99% and 99.9%, you will get a 10% credit. If the uptime is less than 99%, the credit is 25%.

You can read the SLA in detail at

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Amazon S3 Data Transfer In 3 cents/GB for 3 Months

March 31st, 2009 Comments off

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:

After three years, we continue to be excited and honored to be on this journey with you. Thank you.


The Amazon S3 Team

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