After Amazon launched their new Micro Instances at EC2, I took a closer look at Reserved instances and I did some math. I'm currently using Linode 512 so I'll compare it to that.

Small Instance is 1.7GB RAM

pricing for Reserved instance

1 year = $227.50 = $18.95 monthly = same as 512MB Linode
3 years= $350    = $9 monthly     = 1/2 monthly price of 512MB Linode

Linode 1536

$59.95 monthly = basically same price as EC2 Launch instance (not reserved)
which is $791.4 per year

Now I don't want to say a bad word about Linode, I've been with them for about a year now and everything is really awesome.

But when I look at the math, I don't quite get it. Is there some huge hidden catch on EC2 that I'm not aware of?

I know that you have to pay for your bandwidth separately, which might get costy. Little math on that

EC2 - $0.15 per GB (first 10TB)
Linode 1536 offers 600GB bandwidth = $90 in EC2 pricing

A question comes into mind here, would I use up that much bandwidth on Small Instance?

for 100kB page size = around 6 milion page views

which is around 2 page views per second for whole month,
which is 172 800 page views per day,
since 30*24*60*60 = 2 590 000

In which case I wouldn't probably care if i pay $10 or $20.

Is my math wrong? At least from the computing power point of view, it looks like I could get 3 times as much for half the price.

closed as too localized by Mark Henderson Jan 13 '12 at 4:39

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


One thing you're missing. The cost of the reserved instances does not include usage. It does get you a reduced rate on usage of $0.03 per hour for Linux/Unix usage and $0.05 per hour Windows usage. (source: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing)

Since you seem to be standardizing on cost per month, you're looking at about $22/month for 24/7 usage.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.