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Amazon RDS Price Reduction (On-Demand and Reserved)

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I’m happy to announce that we are lowering the price of Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) database instances, both On-Demand and Reserved.

On-Demand prices have been reduced as much as 18% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL (Bring Your Own License) and 28% for SQL Server BYOL. All of your On-Demand usage will automatically be charged at the new and lower rates effective June 1, 2013.

Reserved Instance prices have been reduced as much as 27% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL. The new prices apply to Reserved Instance purchases made on or after June 11, 2013.

Here is a table to illustrate the total cost of ownership for an m2.xlarge DB Instance for MySQL or Oracle BYOL using a 3-year Reserved Instance:

Region Old Price New Price Savings
US East (Northern Virginia) $4,441 $3,507 21%
US West (Northern California) $6,044 $4,410 27%
US West (Oregon) $4,441 $3,507 21%
AWS GovCloud (US) $4,835 $4,217 13%

Although Reserved Instance purchases are non-refundable, we are making a special exception for 1-year RI’s purchased in the last 30 days and 3-year RI’s purchased in the last 90 days. For a limited time, you can exchange recently purchased RI’s for new ones. You’ll receive a pro-rata refund of the upfront fees that you paid at purchase time. If you would like to exchange an RDS Reserved Instance for a new one, simply contact us.

As you may know from my recent blog post, we have made a lot of progress since releasing Amazon RDS just 3.5 years ago. In addition to the recently announced Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Multi-AZ database instances, you have the ability to provision up to 30,000 IOPS for demanding production workloads, encryption at rest using Oracle’s Transparent Data Encryption, and simple disaster recovery using Multi-AZ and read replicas.

— Jeff;

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Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.