Amazon S3 Cuts Prices
October 10, 2008
Om Malik’s “Amazon Cuts Prices on S3” provides a run down of the new AWS fees. My quick look through the prices made me think that Amazon wants to get more small, price-sensitive outfits on the service and pull more high volume users. But Amazon’s accountants with sharp pencils craft prices that take some analysis to figure out. Mr. Malik’s article summarizes the data about the “success” of AWS. You can read the story here. I tucked this article in my Amazon folder. I am still waiting for Amazon to produce hard data about the revenue from AWS. I want to see how the company can do so much with its modest R&D and technology budgets. I also want to see how much of the cost of the ecommerce infrastructure is really offset by the AWS play. Talking to me about “objects” means zilch. Talking to me about money does. Is there a reason Mr. Bezos and his wizards refuse to break out financial data. Because of the object-fuscation, I am not sure what “success” at Amazon means. Readers with insight, feel free to post. In the meantime, read Mr. Malik’s article.
Stephen Arnold, October 10, 2008