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Amazon Web Services Reduces EC2 prices up to 27 percent

Amazon has reduced pricing for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) reserved instances running Linux/Unix, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Rat Hat Enterprise Linux up to 27%. According to the official announcement by the company, the prices are being reduced for new EC2 Reserved Instances running Linux/UNIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server by up to 27%. This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. More specifically, AWS will automatically provide customers with additional savings when they have more than $250,000 in active upfront Reserved Instance fees.

With this price reduction, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 65% in comparison to On-Demand instances. Here are the price decreases by instance family and Region:

These new prices apply to all three Reserved Instance models (Light, Medium, and Heavy Utilization) for purchases made on or after March 5, 2013. Amazon has recommended the review of usage once a month to determine if one should alter his/her Reserved Instance footprint by buying additional Reserved Instances or selling them on the AWS Reserved Instance Marketplace. “However, if you haven’t done it lately, now is the perfect opportunity to review your existing usage and determine if now is the right time to purchase new Reserved Instances.” says the official post by the company.

Here are some general guidelines to help you choose the most economical model:

  • If your server is running less than 15% of the time, use an On-Demand instance.
  • If your server is runninng 15% and 40% of the time, use a Light Utlization Reserved Instance.
  • If your server is running 40% to 80% of the time, use a Medium Utilization Reserved Instance.
  • If your server is running 80% to 100% of the time, use a Heavy Utilization Reserved Instance.

For more information, Click here. To learn more about this feature and other Amazon EC2 pricing options, please visit the Amazon EC2 Pricing and the Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Page.

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Host Virtual Expands Cloud Platform in Denver

Denver, February 14, 2013 Host Virtual, Inc., a leading cloud platform with public clouds available throughout the US, Europe and South Asia is has its thirteenth cloud location in Denver, CO. The twelfth location was announced on 1/01/13 in India.

“We’re excited about launching our services in Denver, CO.Customers looking for excellent mid-point US connectivity, disaster recovery or simply geographic peace of mind will find our Denver cloud an excellent option.” said Sandy Bhargavi, Sr. Vice President of Host Virtual, Inc.

The Host Virtual, Inc. cloud allows customers to easily deploy over 300 Linux, FreeBSD, VOIP and hosting appliances in just a few minutes, with native dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 support to any of its twelve worldwide locations. Combined with advanced tools and services, such as BGP AnyCast, Load Balancing, and worldwide CDN support, Host Virtual provides a seamless IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) base for its customers. In addition to its public cloud options, Host Virtual offers managed cloud hosting, dedicated private/public clouds, white-label cloud solutions and cloud consulting. Customers can learn more about the Host Virtual Denver Cloud, located in a seismic zone 1 (one of the lowest risk zones in the country) and other launches by visiting

About Host Virtual, Inc.
Host Virtual, Inc. is a cloud hosting provider that operates dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 IaaS clouds worldwide. Built around scalability, self-service and ease of use, Host Virtual customers can deploy Linux, VOIP or FreeBSD servers to any location within minutes.
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