James R Hamilton

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James R Hamilton's Blog I’ve been arguing for several years that the utility computing pricing model and the ability to near instantly grow or shrink, make the move to the cloud inevitable. Enterprises normally move slowly to new technologies but when the price advantage is close to 10x, enterprise decision makers can and will move more quickly. The weak economy provides yet a stronger push. Last week, AWS announced new pricing for SimpleDB and it's noteworthy: free developer usage for 6 months. No charge for up to 1GB of ingres+egress, 25 machine hours, and 1GB storage. To help you get started with Amazon SimpleDB, we are providing a free usage tier for at least the next six months. Each month, there is no charge for the first 25 machine hours, 1 GB of data transfer (in and out), and 1 GB of storage that you use. Standard pricing will apply beyond these usage levels, ... (more)