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Cloudflare Complains About Amazon AWS Egress Fees

cloudflare logoIn a blog post this week, Cloudflare complained that Amazon AWS’s egress fees are too high.  According to CF’s calculations, customers are paying:

  • 80 times Amazon’s costs in the US, Canada, and Europe
  • 21 times Amazon’s costs in South America
  • Between 3.5 times and 17 times Amazon’s costs in Asia

As they put it, “Amazon stands alone in not passing on savings” and notes that Amazon AWS has declined to be part of the Bandwidth Alliance, in which major providers substantially discount egress charges between mutual Cloudflare customers.

Industry-wide, over the last 10 years, wholesale bandwidth costs are 93% cheaper than they were in 2011.  However, Amazon AWS’s costs is only 25% cheaper.

There’s a lot more analysis in the post, which is a very interesting read and emphasizes the point that big cloud players are not the right fit for all users. Paying per-gigabyte for network traffic is enormously expensive and in many cases, buying a VM package with bundled bandwidth is more cost-effective.



  1. Susan:

    Jeff Bozo (has) had to build up revenue for his rocket ship and also keep investors happy:) The space game is expensive…

    July 28, 2021 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

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