AWS helps you reduce your overall IT costs in multiple ways. With AWS you can replace your upfront capital expense with low variable cost and pay only for the resources you consume. AWS's economies of scale, and efficiency improvements, allow AWS to continually lower prices, while multiple pricing models allow you to optimize your costs for both variable and stable workloads.

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AWS's pricing philosophy is driven by a virtuous cycle - more AWS customers drive more AWS usage; more AWS usage drives greater infrastructure spend, which gives AWS significant economies of scale - thereby lowering infrastructure cost and allowing AWS to pass savings on to customers in the form of lower prices. 

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AWS has lowered prices 48 times in the last six years. Some of the recent price reductions include the following -

03 Mar 2015 - Amazon EMR  price reduction in AWS GovCloud (US) region

04 Dec 2014 – AWS Data Transfer Price Reduction

19 Nov 2014 – Amazon CloudSearch Price Reduction

01 Aug 2014 – Amazon Route 53 Price Reduction 

01 Jul 2014 – Amazon Redshift Price Reductions in Asia

17 Jun 2014 – EBS Provisioned IOPS Price Reduction

26 Mar 2014 – EC2, S3, RDS, EMR, ElastiCache Price Drops

For a complete list of price drops, refer to the AWS blog

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Amazon Web Services provides you with the flexibility to choose a pricing model that best matches your business needs.  This whitepaper covers how AWS pricing works.  Discussions include how to lower your costs as you purchase more AWS with tiered pricing, On-Demand pricing for instantly available resources, lowering costs through the use of Reserve instances, and name-your-price options on the Spot Instance market.  This whitepaper also give pricing examples so you can see how different pricing options deliver cost savings.

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No minimum commitments or long-term contracts required. You replace your upfront capital expense with low variable cost and pay only for what you use. In essence, you convert your capital expense into variable expense.

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You save more as you grow bigger. For storage and data transfer, pricing is tiered. The more you use, the less you pay per gigabyte. For compute, you get volume discounts up to 10% when you reserve more.

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For certain services like Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS, you can invest in reserved capacity. In that case, you pay a low upfront fee and get a significantly discounted hourly rate, which results in overall savings up to 60% (depending on the type of instance you reserve) over equivalent On-Demand capacity.

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AWS is constantly focused on reducing our data center infrastructure costs and improving our operational efficiencies. These optimizations, and AWS’s growing economies of scale, result in passing savings back to you in the form of lower prices. Since 2006, AWS has lowered pricing 48 times.

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There are three fundamental characteristics you pay for with AWS: compute, storage, and data transfer out. These characteristics vary slightly depending on the AWS product you are using. However, fundamentally these are the core characteristics that have the greatest impact on your AWS cost.

AWS also offers a variety of services for no additional charge. These include Amazon VPC, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Identity and Access Management, Auto Scaling, and AWS OpsWorks


To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS has introduced a free usage tier. The free tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.

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  • Amazon EC2

    Resizable compute capacity in the Cloud.
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    • 750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage
    • 750 hours per month of Windows t2.micro instance usage
  • Amazon S3

    Highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure.
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    • 5 GB of Standard Storage
    • 20,000 Get Requests  
    • 2,000 Put Requests  
  • AWS Lambda

    New AWS Free Tier Offer

    Compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources
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    • 1,000,000 free requests per month
    • Up to 3.2 million seconds of compute time per month
  • AWS Key Management Service

    New AWS Free Tier Offer

    AWS Key Management Service is a managed service that provides easy encryption with administrative controls.
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    • 20,000 free requests per month
  • AWS Trusted Advisor

    AWS Cloud Optimization Expert.
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    • 4 best-practice checks  on performance and security (service limits, security groups, IAM, and MFA)
    • Notification and customization features 
  • Amazon Cognito

    Mobile user identity and synchronization.
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    • Unlimited user authentication and ID generation
    • 10 GB of cloud sync storage
    • 1,000,000 sync operations per month
  • Amazon Appstream

    New AWS Free Tier Offer

    Lets you deliver your Windows applications to any device.
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    • 20 free hours per month
  • Amazon DynamoDB

    Fast and flexible NoSQL database with seamless scalability.
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    • 25GB  of Storage
    • 25 Units of Write Capacity
    • 25 Units of Read Capacity
    •  Enough to handle up to 200M requests per month
  • Amazon EBS

    Highly available, reliable, and predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance.
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    • 30 GB of Amazon EBS: any combination of General Purpose (SSD) or Magnetic
    • 2,000,000 I/Os  (with EBS Magnetic)
    • 1 GB of snapshot storage
  • Amazon Mobile Analytics

    Fast, secure mobile app usage analytics.
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    • 100 Million free events per month
  • Amazon CloudFront

    Web service to distribute content to end users with low latency and high data transfer speeds.
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    • 50 GB of Data Transfer Out
    • 2,000,000 HTTP or HTTPS Requests  
  • Amazon RDS

    Managed Relational Database Service for MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, SQL Server, and Amazon Aurora.
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    • 750 Hours per month of single-AZ Micro DB Instance usage
    • 20 GB of DB Storage
    • 20 GB for Backups
    • 10,000,000 I/Os  
  • Amazon ELB

    Automatic distribution of incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances.
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    • 750 Hours per month
    • 15 GB of Data Processing
  • Amazon ElastiCache

    Web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the Cloud.
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    • 750 Hours per month of Micro Cache Node
  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder

    Fully managed media transcoding service.
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    • 20 Minutes of Audio Transcoding
    • 20 Minutes of SD Transcoding
    • 10 Minutes of HD Transcoding
  • Amazon SNS

    Fast, flexible, fully managed push messaging service
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    • 1,000,000 Publishes  
    • 1,000,000 Mobile Push Deliveries  
    • 100,000 HTTP/S Deliveries  
    • 1,000 Email Deliveries  
  • Amazon SQS

    Scalable queue for storing messages as they travel between computers.
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    • 1,000,000 Requests  
  • Amazon CloudWatch

    Monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications.
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    • 10 Metrics  
    • 10 Alarms  
    • 1,000,000 API Requests  
  • Amazon SWF

    Task coordination and state management service for Cloud applications.
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    • 10,000 Activity Tasks  
    • 30,000 Workflow-Days  
    • 1,000 Initiated Executions 
  • AWS Data Pipeline

    Orchestration for data-driven workflows.
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    • 3 Low Frequency Preconditions  
    • 5 Low Frequency Activities  
  • Amazon SES

    Cost-effective email-sending service in the Cloud.
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    • 62,000 Messages per month to any recipient when you call Amazon SES from an Amazon EC2 instance.
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