Yet another reduction in Amazon S3 prices.

Amazon has decreased S3 prices yet again. This is one of the benefits of cloud storage that the price to store your data is never fixed, but it will always go down because of the competition and newer and effective methods of storage.

With Amazon S3 it’s not only the benefit of price reduction in storage but you also get reliable delivery of your data to your users and versioning support for your critical data.

The new price list is as follows:

First 1TB is $0.140 per GB
Next 49TB is $0.125 per GB
Next 450TB is $0.110 per GB
Next 500TB is $0.095 per GB
Next 4000TB is $0.080 per GB
Over 5000TB is $0.055 per GB

The prices for reduced redundancy storage are all 1/3 of standard storage so they are automatically reduced too. The new pricing for reduced redundancy storage are as follows:

First 1TB is $0.093 per GB
Next 49TB is $0.083 per GB
Next 450TB is $0.073 per GB
Next 500TB is $0.063 per GB
Next 4000TB is $0.053 per GB
Over 5000TB is $0.037 per GB

According to the Amazon Web Services Blog post there will be more new announcements in near future so stay tuned for more good new from S3 team.

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Amazon S3 gets versioning support

Versioning which does not exist in dictionary yet but have very valuable meaning to all the geeks. In case if you don’t know, versioning means storing every copy of your file or data, whenever it gets modified the previous version is archived with date and time of modification. Versioning simply allows you to go back in history of any file or any data. You need to know what it was 2 months ago, you can check that. You want to see how many times it has been modified since then you can see. So its very useful and in some cases (e.g software development) it is the only way to store data.

Now back to topic, Amazon has recently announced versioning support for Simple Storage Solution aka S3. The versioning support is still in beta and is only available to “us-west-1” region. So if you need versioning for your bucket then you need to create it in “us-west-1” region, this is because it is still in beta as Amazon is testing waters. If the users accept versioning and it works out they will surely be enabling it on all the regions.

It is not enabled by default, so you have to enable it for your bucket. Once enabled every object in your bucket will have it and from there on all the versions of the objects will be archived. Even if you mistakenly delete an object you can get it back. For more technical details see Amazon S3 Versioning Proposal.