Thursday, April 2, 2009


Amazon offers MapReduce as a service

Amazon announced today a new Service called elastic MapReduce. It promises to ease up the configuration and managing of Hadoop clusters. Pricing model is simple: add additional $0.015 - $0.12 per instance hour (depending on the size of the instances you use) to your bill.

When converted to monthly payments that makes $10.95 - $87.60 per machine. When you calculate the total cost of running one instance (the extra large instance) the cost is $671.60 per month and that does not yet include the network or storage costs. Just for a comparison: You can buy single machine with similar specs from Finland for about $1300. Do you also think that Amazon should check their pricing in general?

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