Cloud Services Pricing

UKCloud Kicks Off 2017 With Fresh Wave Of Price Cuts

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UKCloud, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, today announced its tenth round of price reductions, which are phased from 1st January 2017, across two of its most popular services: Cloud Storage and Enterprise Compute Cloud. The result of significant economies of scale and investment in hyper-converged infrastructure, UKCloud's latest price reductions coincide with price hikes elsewhere in the industry, particularly from US corporations. 

UKCloud's Cloud Storage provides a cost-effective storage repository for a variety of sensitive data assets, including body worn video and medical data. The company's investment in innovative hyper-converged infrastructure has completely refreshed the cloud storage platform, which is designed to deliver improved performance and functionality at a greatly reduced cost. Customers with large-scale requirements will pay just 1.5p per GB per month; this is a reduction of 66 percent and makes UKCloud's offering significantly cheaper than those of the leading US cloud providers. Customers with smaller requirements will see the price of their services fall by almost 80 percent, from 9p per GB per month to 2p per GB per month. 

Cloud Computing Price War Rages On

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

There’s little question that the business world is a competitive place, but probably no area in business truly defines cutthroat quite like cloud computing. At the moment, we are witnessing a heated price war pitting some of the top cloud providers against each other, all in a big way to attract as many customers as possible. It hasn’t been easy, at least not at first.

Many companies have been slow to embrace cloud computing, citing unease with giving a third party access to sensitive data and other possible trade secrets. As a way to get past these fears, leading cloud vendors started slashing prices, setting off an intense race to see who can provide the lowest prices...

Price vs. Service – What Will Win the Cloud War?

Grazed from MarkleyGroup.  Author: Paul Diamond.

For companies that haven’t yet dabbled in the cloud, the types and options seem endless and in some cases, intimidating. Where to even start when choosing what’s best for your company? What’s worse – if you’ve been keeping up with the IT industry buzz on the topic, you know that vendors, analysts and pundits have been touting the best cloud computing solutions and strategies for years.

The reasons for why specific solutions and strategies rise to become considered the “best” are for various motives and factors, and often times, pertain to specific infrastructure scenarios. Within industry coverage and articles that debate these cloud computing solutions and strategies, you will often read the comparison described as the “cloud war.”...

Cloud Price Wars: Are IaaS Players Finally Ready to Challenge Amazon?

Grazed from Wired. Author: Ryan Koop.

The race to $0 is heating up in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space:

  • March 25th - Google fires the first salvo in the pricing wars at their Google Cloud Platform Live event by reducing GCE by 32% across all sizes, regions, and classes.
  • March 26th - AWS quickly responds by reducing EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce pricing effective April 1st.
  • March 31st - Microsoft wants to play too and after renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, they are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%.

Bingo. Bango. Bongo... Hey Rackspace, where you at? And this isn't the start of the price wars either. Things started in 2012 and continued through 2013 (see RightScale's solid cloud price analysis for 2013). The above is just the most reactive back-and-forth we've seen yet...

Compare Cloud Service Prices With New Tool

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Buffaloed by the task of figuring out which cloud provider offers the best deal? A free service called PlanForCloud.com will do it for you, incorporating 12,000 different pricing possibilities offered by six different cloud vendors. Just plug in the resources you plan to use and compare the results.

Launched in February 2012, PlanForCloud.com was acquired by RightScale in June. RightScale maintains it as a free service and updates it with the frequent price changes that occur in the cloud market. For example, PlanForCloud has captured 29 prices reductions in cloud services over the past 14 months. Amazon alone during that period announced eight core service price reductions -- for servers, storage or network bandwidth -- and 11 reductions on add-on services such as database, caching and messaging...