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The key to the low cost seems to be that he needed to process 10TB. You get 10TB "data in" free, per month. Had it been 10TB more, or if he needed to run more than once a month, or if he needed to get that 10TB back out, the bill is around $920.

Edit: Inbound might be unlimited free. The calculator did show me an inbound total a few times, but I can't reproduce it now.

You may have used an out of date calculator or it's for specific cases. AWS inbound traffic has been free since 2011


Pretty sure it's unlimited.

Appears that way. Still $920 if you had wanted to extract the 10TB back out though.

Yeah... that is one of the really unfortunate lock-ins with AWS. Hopefully they will add data export to their "Snowball" product, but they don't really have a lot of incentive to.

I haven't used it, but I do see that they have both data in and data out on their Snowball pricing[1] page. Data in is free, but data out is $0.03/GB(plus $200 per job). So it would cost a minimum of $500 to use Snowball to transmit 10TB.

Still, it does appear to reduce the price of getting data out of Amazon compared to using the internet.

[1] https://aws.amazon.com/importexport/pricing

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