Amazon Web Services, Google Lower Pricing for Cloud Services

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

Amazon Web Services has reduced pricing for running Windows on its cloud, while Google has lowered the pricing of its Compute Engine services. Amazon Web Services has reduced pricing for running Windows on its cloud, while Google has lowered the pricing of its Compute Engine services.

In what continues to be a competitive public cloud hosting and infrastructure landscape, Amazon Web Services has reduced pricing for running Windows on its cloud, while Google has lowered the pricing of its Compute Engine services.

The two cloud giants continue to go head to head with one another as well as with private and hybrid cloud rivals.

The move comes a month after Amazon Web Services lowered the price of its new E2 Reserved Instances running Linux/UNIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server by up to 27 percent.

Google also announced increased the number of virtual servers users can select from, as well as and making its cloud services easier to use for European users.

Though the two public cloud service vendors are continually improving their respective services, pricing will remain the deciding factor that convince companies to move their on premises servers.

Amazon continues to ramp up the selection of Windows-based server products customers can host on its infrastructure, as well as lowering the cost of its Windows on-demand EC2 instances by up to 26 percent.

Amazon also recently lowered the cost of its Simple Storage Service.

Google has also lowered the price of its infrastructure as a service product, Compute Engine, by 4 percent. The IaaS offering, which enables users to run Linux Virtual Machines, now offers instances from $0.132 per hour in the U.S., which is slightly more than Amazon’s EC2 standard on-demand medium instance type which is priced from $0.120 per hour.

In addition to the price reduction, Google is also opening its Compute Engine platform to all companies who sign up for its Gold Support package, a value of $400 per month.

Finally, Google has added new instance types, improved the management console and the ability to run virtual servers in Europe.

Talk back: Will you be taking advantage of either Amazon Web Services or Google’s lower cloud pricing Do you think this latest price reduction will push Amazon Web Services or Google forward as a cloud market leader Let us know in a comment.

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