Posted On: Aug 11, 2016

Starting today, snapshot prices for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes (including AWS Storage Gateway) are reduced by 47% in all regions. Snapshots are typically used to capture a point-in-time backup of the data on EBS volumes, and can be used to instantiate multiple new volumes, expand the size of a volume, or move volumes across Availability Zones. Changes to snapshot pricing are retroactive to the beginning of the month (August 1, 2016); the new snapshot pricing is in effect today. During the month, your billing estimates may not reflect the reduced prices. They will be reflected in the statement at the end of the month.

The snapshot price is reduced in all regions. To learn more about snapshots and pricing, please visit Amazon EBS, the Amazon EBS pricing page, and the AWS Official Blog.

We are pleased to announce that the maximum IOPS:GB (input/output operations per second to Gigabytes) ratio for Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) volumes has been increased from 30:1 to 50:1. Prior to this change, customers could provision up to 3,000 IOPS for a 100 GB volume. Now, they can provision up to 5,000 IOPS for that same volume, enjoying greater flexibility in how they configure io1 volumes. Additionally, customers can now achieve the maximum 20,000 IOPS with a volume as small as 400 GB, rather than 667 GB under 30:1, reducing storage cost along the way.

Backed by solid-state drives (SSDs), io1 is the highest performance EBS storage option designed for critical, I/O intensive database and application workloads, as well as throughput-intensive database and data warehouse workloads. Customers can provision up to 16 TB and 20,000 IOPS per io1 volume. When attached to EBS-optimized EC2 instances, io1 can achieve single-digit millisecond latencies and is designed to deliver within 10% of the provisioned performance 99.9% of the time in a given year. For more information on using Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) volumes, please refer to the EBS product documentation.

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