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DigitalOcean 總算是跟上來了...

DigitalOcean 在隔壁 Linode 都升級一年半年後 (參考 2016 年的文章「Linode 記憶體升級,以及新的日本機房計畫」這篇),才想到沒有競爭優勢了:「Kicking Off the New Year with New Droplet Plans」。

在 Standard Droplets 的部份,主要就是把記憶體的量補上來,另外提供一些變化:

另外 Optimized Droplets 也有一些變化,不過就沒有太關注了...

離開 DigitalOcean 很久了 (現在主力都是 Linode 跟 Vultr 了),這次端出來的菜盤看起來還是不太行...

Amazon Aurora 的 Serverless 與 Multi-master

Amazon Aurora 推出了兩包玩意,第一包是 Serverless,讓需要人介入的情況更少:「In The Works – Amazon Aurora Serverless」。

在 Serverless 的第一個重點是支援以秒計費:

Today we are launching a preview (sign up now) of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Designed for workloads that are highly variable and subject to rapid change, this new configuration allows you to pay for the database resources you use, on a second-by-second basis.

然後是極為快速的 auto-scaling:

The endpoint is a simple proxy that routes your queries to a rapidly scaled fleet of database resources. This allows your connections to remain intact even as scaling operations take place behind the scenes. Scaling is rapid, with new resources coming online within 5 seconds

這兩個組合起來,讓使用端可以除了在 Amazon EC2 上可以快速 scale 外,後端的資料庫也能 scale 了...

第二個是 Multi-master 架構:「Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master」。

Amazon Aurora Multi-Master allows you to create multiple read/write master instances across multiple Availability Zones. This enables applications to read and write data to multiple database instances in a cluster, just as you can read across Read Replicas today.

(話說我一直都誤以為 Aurora 是 R/W master...)

Anyway,這個功能不知道怎麼疊上去的... 不笑得會不會有嚴重的 distributed lock issue,反而推薦大家平常都寫到同一台 (像是 PXC 就會這樣)。

Amazon EC2 推出 T2 Unlimited,可以付費超量使用 CPU

Amazon EC2t2 系列的機器上推出 T2 Unlimited:「T2 Unlimited – Going Beyond the Burst with High Performance」。

這不是新的機種,而是現有的機器上可以超量使用 CPU credit,AWS 會另外收費。

新開的機器與已經開的機器都可以打開:

us-east-1 來算,其實相當便宜,看不出什麼 penalty fee:t2.micro 的 CPU credit 是 10% baseline,每小時單價是 $0.0116,所以先有個 100% 數字是 $0.116 的概念 (如果所有東西都是十倍)。

us-east-1 的 T2 Unlimited 是 $0.05 vCPU-hour,這樣看起來其實不賴?風險應該是在於不保證可以拿到多的 CPU resource...

可能要重新算一下 c4c5 的使用方式了...

另外雖然文章後面寫了一大串,但對照 region 表後,看起來是所有的區域都支援了:(美國政府的 region 除外)

You can launch T2 Unlimited instances today in the US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), and EU (London) Regions today.

Amazon EC2 的 C5 改跑 KVM

前幾天提到的「Amazon EC2 的 C5 家族...」講到 Amazon EC2 推出 C5 系列帶來的效能與價錢的提昇,後來在 The Register 上看到「AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor」這邊提到更多東西,而且有些還頗有趣的...

首先是 Amazon EC2 FAQs 裡面就有提到的,C5 跑的是 KVM,而不像以前是以 Xen 為底:

Q. What is the underlying hypervisor on C5 instances?
C5 instances use a new EC2 hypervisor that is based on core KVM technology.

另外一點比較有疑慮,是 The Register 提到 IntelAmazon 都發出新聞稿,說明 C5 是使用客製化版本的 Intel 處理器,不過看完後讀不出這個感覺...:「Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Supercharge Amazon Web Services’ Most Powerful Compute-Optimized Instances」、「AWS Announces Availability of C5 Instances for Amazon EC2」。

不過先不管這個... 本來 AWS 都一直圍繞在 Xen 上,這次切去 KVM 是個很值得關注的決策,可以找機會問問看為什麼要這樣換。

AWS 讓你可以禁止 RI 跨帳號計算了...

現在 AWS 讓你可以設定,是否允許 Reserved Instance (RI) 跨帳號使用:「Customize your organization’s AWS credit and Reserved Instance (RI) discount sharing using new billing preferences」。

以往是優先用在自己帳號,但如果有剩的話可以挪去其他帳號用。這樣雖然比較省錢,但有時候會造成帳務的「困擾」:

Historically, AWS has maximized customer savings by applying credits and RI discounts first to the account that owned the credit or RI lease and then distributing the remainder, if any, to qualifying usage incurred by accounts in the same organization. While this approach had the potential of lowering the overall bill, customers were unable to control if, and how, discounts were applied across organizational lines.

現在則是可以關掉:

To provide greater flexibility, customers can now disable AWS credit sharing across all accounts in their organization. This ensures that only the account that owns a credit, or has previously redeemed a credit, receives the associated benefit.

也可以分開設定:

You can also designate a set of accounts for which RI discount sharing is disabled, while continuing to share RI discounts among the rest of the accounts in your organization.

這樣雖然會比較貴,但這其實反應到某些組織文化上的問題啦...

Amazon EC2 的 CRI 支援一年版本了...

Amazon EC2 的 CRI (Convertible Reserved Instance) 支援一年的合約了:「EC2 Convertible Reserved Instance Update – New 1-Year CRI, Merges & Splits」,這樣彈性再多了一些:

Today we are introducing Convertible RIs with a 1-year term, complementing the existing 3-year term.

不過 CRI 主要是用在需要換 family type 的情境下,如果是已知 family type (像是一般性的 worker 會選 C4 或是剛推出的 C5) 那麼就直接選擇 Regional RI 就好...

基本上就是讓財務操作上多個選擇 :o

Amazon EC2 的 C5 家族...

Amazon EC2 推出新的 instance:「Now Available – Compute-Intensive C5 Instances for Amazon EC2」,官方宣稱這次單位價錢的效能與 C4 相比大約提升了 25%,而極端的情況可以到 50%:

The new instances offer a 25% price/performance improvement over the C4 instances, with over 50% for some workloads.

這次比較特別的是切分方式,是 large、xlarge、2xlarge、4xlarge、9xlarge (咦?) 以及 18xlarge (...)。

然後亞洲區都還沒上 XD

You can launch C5 instances today in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions in On-Demand and Spot form (Reserved Instances are also available), with additional Regions in the works.

Amazon RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了

AWS 宣佈 RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了:「Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility」。

也就是說跟 EC2 的 RI 方式切齊,買 db.m4.2xlarge 的 RI 後,可以用在兩台 db.m4.xlarge 上:

For example, let’s say you purchased a db.m4.2xlarge MySQL RI in US East (N. Virginia). The discounted rate of this RI can automatically apply to 2 db.m4.xlarge MySQL instances without you needing to do anything.

包括了相當多種類的 RDS,主要是沒有 license fee 的類型都包括在內了:

Amazon RDS Reserved Instance size flexibility is offered in all regions for the MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and Amazon Aurora database engines, as well as the “bring your own license” (BYOL) edition of the Oracle database engine. To learn more about flexible RIs, please visit the Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Page.

但不包括要另外收 license fee 的 SQL Server 與 Oracle LI edition:

Size flexibility does not apply to Microsoft SQL Server and the License Included (LI) edition of Oracle.

Amazon EMR 也以秒計費了,回朔切齊 10/2 生效

Amazon EMR 從改成以秒計費了:「Amazon EMR now supports per-second billing」。

Amazon EMR is now billed in one-second increments in all AWS Regions. There is a 1 minute minimum charge per instance in your Amazon EMR cluster, and per-second billing is applicable to clusters that are newly launched or already running. The Amazon EC2 instances in your cluster, including On-Demand, Spot, and Reserved instances, and Amazon EBS volumes attached to these instances are billed in per-second increments effective October 2. Pricing is still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are now calculated down to the second and show times in decimal form. Please visit the Amazon EMR pricing page for more information on per-second billing.

來看看 RDS 什麼時候要生效... (不過實際的意義不大)

Netflix 在美國漲價

Okay,所以 Netflix 在美國的價錢漲了:「Netflix Is Increasing Its Monthly Subscription Cost」。

基本版不變:

The basic streaming plan, which only allows for streaming on only one screen at a time, will remain at $7.99 a month.

雙螢幕版漲 $1 變成 $10.99:

The company’s most popular plan — which allows customers to stream titles on two devices with a single account — will increase by $1 to $10.99 a month.

四螢幕版漲 $2 變成 $13.99:

The premium plan — which allows customers to use the same account for four screens at once — will increase by $2 to $13.99 a month.

紐約時報的說明是因為自製成本增加,如果是這樣的話,其他地區也應該有可能會找機會漲?

The price hike arrives as Netflix continues to increase production of original TV and movie content. The company said that by the end of the year it will have spent around $6 billion for original content in 2017. In August, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told Variety that the company planned to spend about $7 billion for original programming next year.

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