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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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Go Daddy goes Retail, Teams up with OfficeMax to Provide Small Business Hosting

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE:OMX), a provider of  office supplies, technology and services, teamed  up with Go Daddy, a  Web hosting and domain name provider, to bring Go Daddy’s Web services to a wider small business audience through OfficeMax stores nationwide. The move makes OfficeMax the exclusive nationwide retailer for Go Daddy websites and domain names; and provides businesses with significant value on Go Daddy website service bundles available only at OfficeMax stores.

Together with Go Daddy, we’re offering a complete array of products and services to help small businesses boost their online visibility. – Michael Lewis,Vice president of Retail, OfficeMax.

“An in-store presence at OfficeMax gives Go Daddy the opportunity to help small business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their businesses,” said Teri Dhooge, Vice President of Marketing, Go Daddy  . “The Internet is at the heart of today’s economy. If you’re not building an online presence, you’re missing opportunities to capture new customers, yet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly seventy-five percent of businesses don’t have a website. Partnering with OfficeMax means we can help more people leverage the power of the Internet – people who may not realize how easy it can be.”

Of Go Daddy’s total customer base, nearly 11 million customers world-wide, more than 70 percent are small- to medium-size businesses.

“The introduction of Go Daddy websites and domain names in our stores is the first of many steps we’re taking to provide entrepreneurs with industry-leading solutions for starting, running and growing their business,” said Michael Lewis, executive vice president and president of Retail, OfficeMax. “Having a digital presence is instrumental to business success, as it’s increasingly where consumers and businesses go to research and shop. Together with Go Daddy, we’re offering a complete array of products and services to help small businesses boost their online visibility, reach customers and drive sales in the digital space.”

The new partnership beween the two companies follows a previous announcement in December in which Go Daddy said it would provide a new site builder component for mobile web presences. Next month, the web host will run commercials advertising the .CO domain extension during the Super Bowl.

About Go Daddy
Go Daddy is a   domain name provider, Web hosting provider and new SSL certificate provider, focused on helping small businesses grow larger. Go Daddy provides dozens of cloud-based services too. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com

About OfficeMax
OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX)   provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers. For more information, visit www.officemax.com.