Cloudflare: AWS S3 Storage Fees “Egregious”

Cloudflare’s new object storage service targets Amazon S3’s data transfer cost.
Cloudflare R2 Storage was unveiled Tuesday. It will allow developers to store “large amounts” of data in Cloudflare without them having to pay egress fees. This is especially true when compared to AWS’ Simple Storage Service, (S3).
According to the AWS S3 pricing page, data transfers from Amazon S3 can cost $0.01 to $0.09 per gigabyte depending on where it’s going. Data transfers from S3 to the Internet are more expensive than data transfers between S3 services. There are also no-cost options. The first 1GB of data transferred from S3 within a month is free. Data transfers from S3 into Amazon CloudFront are also free.
Cloudflare promises developers that they will not be charged any egress fees.
Matthew Prince, Cloudflare CEO and co-founder, stated that cloud storage has attracted developers since AWS launched S3. “We want developers not to worry about their storage bill. We want them to continue developing.” We want R2 Storage to be the most cost-effective, reliable, and secure option for storing data with no egress fees.
The company also promises object storage costs that are 10% cheaper than AWS and no-cost access for infrequently requested data.
Cloudflare claims it makes it easy for developers and administrators to switch to its cloud storage service. “Cloudflare R2 storage will include automatic migrations from other S3-compatible storage services that migrate data as it’s requested.”
More information about Cloudflare R2 Storage can be found here.

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