AWS majorly expands free data transfer limits

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the expansion of free tier, increasing the amount of data that customers can transfer from 1GB/month to 100GB/month.

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Similarly, data transfer from AWS’s Content Delivery Network (cdn), CloudFront has also been increased from 50 GB/month to 1 TB/month, while the number of free HTTP and HTTP requests has been increased from 2 million to 10 million.

“As a result of this change, millions of AWS customers worldwide will not be charged any charges for these two categories of data transfer on their monthly AWS bill. Customers who go beyond one or both of these allocations will have an increase in their overall data transfer fee. There will also be a decrease. share Jeff Barr, chief campaigner for AWS.


Barr said the new limits would come into effect from December 1, 2021, and would apply to all AWS users. Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, and elastic load balancing services.

cloud competition

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Data transfer fees seem to be the new battlefield for cloud services. Although AWS’s free tier has been around since 2010, the expansion comes barely a week later cloudflare decided to Withdraw withdrawal data transfer fee For its workers unbound and durable objects offerings.

Cloudflare argues that when users want to move data from one cloud to another, egress data charges are charged only for locking-in a user to a single platform.

Cloudflare recently stepped on AWS’s feet with the launch of its R2 storage, as a direct alternative to Amazon’s S3. Notably, Cloudflare’s R2 also comes with Cloudflare’s zero withdrawal fee guarantee.

The ball is now firmly in Microsoft and Google’s court, and it will be interesting to see how they respond.

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