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Amazon EC2 – How Much Has It Changed in the Last 18 Months?

Is there a significant change in the pricing?

Is there a significant change in the pricing? The answer is almost none – there slight decrease in the charge of higher end EC2 instances. You can see the summary status as on January 2010.

So, what has actually changed?

  1. Free instance – 750 hours of micro instance with 10GB of storage free and 15GB bandwidth
  2. Micro instance – at quarter the rate of small instance (USD 0.02 per hour for Linux)
  3. More availability zone – Singapore & Tokyo added in addition to US(N. Virginia, N. California) and EU(Ireland)
  4. RDS for Oracle – charges are 50% more than My-SQL for smaller instances and 30% more for larger instances
  5. Cluster computing instances – available for USD 1.6 to 2.1 per hour, only at US – Virginia
  6. Elastic Map Reduce – uses Hadoop and EC2 instance type of your choice. In addition to the EC2 instance price and the storage price, you also need to pay for Elastic Map Reduce for each instance, which can be between USD 0.015 per hour to 0.42 per hour.
  7. Virtual Private Cloud – lets you provision a private, isolated section where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define
  8. PaaS offering – using Java & Tomcat stack
  9. More manageability options – like cloud watch, auto scaling etc.

Free instance

Micro Instance
Micro Instance 613 MB of memory, up to 2 ECUs (for short periodic bursts), EBS storage only, 32-bit or 64-bit platform.

More Manageability Option
Auto Scaling
– It allows you to scale your capacity up or down automatically according to conditions you define. For example, you can ensure that the number of Amazon EC2 instances you’re using increases during demand spikes and decreases during demand lulls. It is enabled by Amazon CloudWatch and available at no additional charge beyond Amazon CloudWatch fees.

CloudWatch – It provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources and the applications customers run on AWS. Developers and system administrators can use it to collect metrics and monitors resources. Basic Monitoring metrics (at five-minute frequency) for Amazon EC2 instances are free of charge, as are all metrics for Amazon EBS volumes, Elastic Load Balancers, and Amazon RDS DB instances. New and existing customers also receive 10 metrics (applicable to Detailed Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances or Custom Metrics), 10 alarms, and 1 million API requests each month at no additional charge. Detailed monitoring is charged.

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at http://setandbma.wordpress.com.
The blog focuses on emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, social media aka web 2.0 etc. It also contains stuff about agile methodology and trends in architecture. It is a world view seen through the lens of a software service provider based out of Bangalore and serving clients across the world. The focus is mostly on...

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