Amazon celebrating 3 years of S3 service

by Alex Kuretz on March 31, 2009

in News


I just received an email from Amazon Web Services announcing that they are celebrating 3 years of Amazon S3 with 3 months of transfer-in for 3 cents per gigabyte instead of the normal 10 cents per gigabyte. This is particularly good news for owners of the EX485 or EX487 which has the built in ability back up your shared folders to the Amazon S3 service.

Here’s the full text of the email.

Celebrating 3 Years of Amazon S3 with 3 Months of Transfer-In for 3 Cents/GB
Dear AWS Developers,

Three years ago this month, Amazon Web Services launched Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as “storage for the internet,” providing “highly scalable, reliable, low-latency storage at very low costs.” Since that time, Amazon S3 has experienced dramatic growth, expanded into Europe, and lowered pricing multiple times as we’ve been able to achieve ever greater economies of scale and pass them on to our customers. Today, the service has grown to store over 52 billion objects and serve over 1 trillion requests per year from customers in over 90 countries. Whether you’ve used Amazon S3 to back up files, host static website content, securely share files with your external business partners, or store scientific, financial, or website data for processing via Amazon EC2, you’ve contributed to this growth.

We owe the success of the service to you, and on the 3rd anniversary of Amazon S3, we’ve decided to say “thank you” with a few more “3s.” We’ll be offering “data transfer in” to Amazon S3 for only $0.03 per GB (vs. the standard $0.10) for the next 3 months, April through June. As always, data transfer between Amazon S3 and EC2 within regions remains free, and all other pricing dimensions are unchanged. At the beginning of July, prices will return to normal, so if you’ve been thinking about moving a new project into Amazon S3, now might be the time. More information on Amazon S3 and its pricing can be found here:

After three years, we continue to be excited and honored to be on this journey with you. Thank you.

The Amazon S3 Team

It appears this special pricing is available to all customers, not just existing customers, so if you haven’t yet tried out S3, April through June will be a great time to try.

Are you currently using S3 with your Windows Home Server, either via the MediaSmart Server add-in or some other mechanism? Let us know in the comments or in the forums.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.

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