Posted On: Mar 4, 2013

We are excited to announce a reduction in reserved instance pricing for Amazon EC2 running Linux/UNIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Linux/UNIX Reserved Instance prices will decrease by up to 27 % for Amazon EC2 for the Standard (M1), Second-Generation Standard (M3), High-Memory (M2), and High-CPU (C1) Instance families. New Reserved Instance prices will only apply to Reserved Instances purchases made on or after March 5th. Today’s price drop represents the 26th price drop for AWS, and we are delighted to continue to pass along savings to you as we innovate and drive down our costs.

With the new pricing, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 65 % compared to On-Demand instances, and you will automatically receive additional savings on your future purchases of Reserved Instances in that AWS Region when you have more than $250,000 in active upfront Reserved Instances. We recommend that you take this opportunity to review your current usage and to determine if you would like to purchase additional Reserved Instances.

To learn more, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page for the complete list of new lower prices and an overview of the volume discount program. For more details on optimizing your AWS costs, please visit the AWS Economics Center. And during the month of March you can take advantage of a free trial of AWS Trusted Advisor to generate a personalized report on how you can optimize your bill by taking advantage of the new, lower Reserved Instance prices.