Amazon on Thursday ended its policy of providing free unlimited cloud storage via Amazon Drive, opting instead to give its consumer and business users a smaller amount of free capacity in the Amazon cloud and charging for capacity beyond that.
Amazon Drive is a service that allows users to store photos, videos, and documents in the Amazon cloud. It provides secure and private access to those items on any connected devices or Web browsers.
Amazon Drive had let users store unlimited data and unlimited photos in its cloud. However, according to an Amazon FAQ, users will now be limited to 5 GBs of free cloud storage capacity.
Amazon Drive pricing Amazon Drive pricing is a little tricky to get your head around – with a Prime subscription (from $12.99 or £7.99 a month), you get an unlimited amount of photo storage space. Nazareth Store Adult Cremation Urn for Human Ashes Elegant Dark Green Sand Cloud Design with Silver Engraving, Handcrafted Funeral Urn Classy Memorial for Honor Your Loved One. In June 2017, Amazon announced the end of availability for the unlimited storage tier in its consumer-facing Amazon Drive service. When Amazon launched its Cloud Drive service in March, basic service originally came with 5GB of free space to store your music as well as a music player for the Web and Android devices. This week, Amazon rolled out a promotion that offers Cloud Drive users unlimited music storage, in addition to 20GB of storage space for a cost of $20 a year. Music file types included in the promotion are MP3.
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Starting Thursday, customers will be charged $11.99 for between 5 GBs and 100 GBs, and $59.99 for up to 1 TB of capacity. Customers requiring over 1 TB will pay an additional $59.99 per TB up to 30 TBs, Amazon said.
Amazon Prime members will also be limited to 5 GBs of free cloud storage capacity, but capacity required for storing photos will not count against that limit, essentially allowing them to store an unlimited amount of photos in the Amazon Cloud.
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'Amazon’s unlimited cloud storage plan was absurdly cheap compared to the market,' said David Lucky, director of product management at Datapipe, a Jersey City, N.J.-based MSP and AWS partner.
With Amazon no longer giving away the retail cloud, more customers could potentially turn to the channel to implement storage on native AWS solutions, he said.
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The price hike from the consumer division could ultimately benefit some customers and partners who offer their own consumer-facing storage built on AWS services like S3, Lucky added.
Customers will have 180 days to transition their Amazon Drive to their choice of plan. Amazon suggests downloading the data to a PC or mobile device, deleting data over 5 GBs, and then uploading to Amazon Drive.
After the 180-day grace period, any data more than 5 GBs that has not been moved to a new plan will be deleted starting with the most recent uploads until the excess capacity has been eliminated, Amazon said.
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Joseph Tsidulko contributed to this story.