At this point, it's pretty much common knowledge that Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-commerce giant's cloud computing services provider, is going to make waves in the industry, and this last week really helped to reinforce that idea.
In terms of functionality, the company recently added an SSH client to the AWS console using MindTerm's Java-based SSH offering. The client will be available for Amazon EC2 users, and the announcement was packaged with news about a new instance type, the Medium (m1.medium), as well as the ability to launch 64-bit operating systems on the m1.small and c1.medium instances.
The new Medium instance type will come with 3.75 GB of RAM, a virtual core running at two ECU, 410 GB of instance storage, the ability to launch 32- and 64-bit operating systems and moderation I/O performance. In addition, the capability to run a 64-bit OS means users can create a single Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and run it on a wide range of instance types.
Including an SSH client makes it far easier for users (especially Windows users) to connect to an EC2 instance in just a couple of clicks.
Plus, less than a week ago the company dramatically slashed prices (for the 19th time since its inception) for EC2 instances, ElastiCache, Amazon Relational Dadabase Service and Amazon Elastic Map Reduce.
EC2 prices will drop by as much as 10 percent for on-demand services, while prices for Reserved Instances will by cut by 37 percent. Moreover, AWS is offering volume discounts of 10 percent for additional Reserved Instances for customers that already own over $250,000 worth. At $2 million it becomes a 20-percent discount.
Amazon's big announcements are already shaking up the market, as just a few days later Microsoft announced that it will be cutting pricing for its Azure Storage and Compute service.