Bikini-clad Occupy Amazon protesters target fair pricing

99% Sysadmins

Amazon’s S3 service, famous for it’s “Pay for only for what you use” business model is drawing the attention of SMB customers, calling themselves the “99% Sysadmins”, who are demanding to know why customers who consume more storage are paying far less for it than they are.  A trio of three bikini-clad protesters compared the situation to bikini-pricing – where customers typically pay a lot more to cover much less of their bodies.  Shouting slogans like: “We are not at the beach” and “What would I pay for being naked?” the protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the frozen Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.

The situation erupted recently when Amazon announced a price reduction, which drew the attention of  millions of CFOs who wanted to force the issue with their storage admin employees who they consider to be overpaid and under-motivated. Speaking on the conditions of anonymity, one CFO from the Insurance industry asked “Why aren’t we saving money by doubling down on our cloud storage?”

In response to the mounting pressure, protesters organized and invented a plan to publicize their plight. The issue appears to be a pricing table on Amazon’s S3 web site that shows how customers using less than 1 TB of data will pay 12.5 cents per GB while others with over 5 PB will pay less than half as much for the same.  “Heck, if we could put that much up there we would, but we don’t even have that much data in our whole business” said Sysadmin Frank.   (Data copied from Amazon’s web site below)

First 1 TB / month $0.125 per GB
Next 49 TB / month $0.110 per GB
Next 450 TB / month $0.095 per GB
Next 500 TB / month $0.090 per GB
Next 4000 TB / month $0.080 per GB
Over 5000 TB / month $0.055 per GB



  1. virtualTodd says:

    Why are you against bikinis?

  2. Philip says:

    Although I always encourage bikini-clad protesters, I don’t think it’s an unfair practice. There are per-customer overheads Amazon needs to account for. You are already paying pennies/gig, be serious!

  3. matt says:

    Wait, that argument just isn’t true. Even if you are in the 5PB tier you are still paying $0.125 foe your first TB. So their premise is completely wrong.

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