6 thoughts on “Amazon EC2 Inches Closer To Corporate Customers”

  1. Doesn’t seem to me that this feature is necessarily more important for corporate/enterprise customers than for other types of customers.

    I just bought my first reserved instance for my own personal use. If you want to run a server on EC2 for long periods of time (over 4 months in a year) reserved instances save you money. I think everybody likes saving money 🙂

    Some other corrections: The up front cost for one year is $325 (not $425) and the cost for three years is a one time charge of $500 (not “per year” as implied by the start of the sentence).

  2. And, if I did my math right, the actual time to start saving money is about 194 days for the 1yr reservation and 298 days for the 3yr reservation. So, it’s really a bit over 6 months and not 4 months as I incorrectly stated.

  3. I’ve heard several enterprises express an interest for guaranteed CPUs in EC2, even if it meant entering into a contract of some sort. For example, if retailers offload holiday demand to EC2 (as Amazon hopes they will), they want to guarantee their needs will be met. Amazon, obviously, has realized this longing for a while, so I’m happy to see they finally took a step in the right direction.

  4. This is a very interesting offer.
    It seems that it tries to compete with services that are based on Parallels offering which offer VPS for very cheap prices per month.
    It is a great step in the right direction, but enterprises will need more from amazon to really run the mainstream IT.
    * Better windows support ( very limited right now )
    * Improved security
    * More visibility on performance (current small instances are really slow)
    * Better support for standards to run multi-tier applications

    again, right step in the good direction.

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