AWS will stop charging for data transfers to other platforms

  • Amazon AWS and Google have announced they will no longer charge customers for data migration to other cloud service providers, reflecting a shift in policy amid increased regulatory scrutiny over cloud services fees.
  • AWS remains the global leader in cloud computing services, and its recent financial reports show a 13% increase in cloud services revenue for Q4 2023, with significant interest in generative AI technologies boosting its performance.
  • Amazon has integrated generative AI into its AWS offerings, launching products like Amazon Bedrock and Amazon Q to enable easy access to advanced AI models and assist developers and enterprise customers with innovative cloud computing solutions.

Tech giant Amazon and its cloud services branch, AWS, will cease the longstanding practice of charging customers for data migration to competitors in the cloud computing service sector, a move recently announced by Google as well.

AWS Vice President Robert Kennedy stated in a blog post on Tuesday that Amazon AWS will no longer charge customers who wish to extract all their data from the company’s cloud servers and transfer it to another cloud service provider.

Kennedy mentioned in the blog post, “Starting today, if Amazon AWS’s global customers wish to move to another IT service provider, they now have the right to transfer data to the internet free of charge.”

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Additional charges for transferring data as a key concern

Previously, regulatory bodies and legislators worldwide heightened their scrutiny of cloud services. The UK’s antitrust authorities launched an investigation into such fees when the US Federal Trade Commission (Federal Trade Commission) sought public input on various cloud computing issues, highlighting these additional charges for transferring data as a key concern.

Amazon AWS currently stands as the world’s largest cloud computing service provider, followed by Microsoft Azure and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud Platform. With generative artificial intelligence becoming a global sensation, competition among these three cloud service behemoths has recently intensified. Generative AI can mine vast amounts of data to generate text or images, and all three cloud service giants aim to integrate some of the core technologies of this transformative generative AI into their cloud services.

Amazon’s earnings report for February revealed a 13% surge in AWS cloud services revenue for the fourth quarter of 2023, significantly alleviating analysts’ concerns about a slowdown in demand for Amazon’s cloud services and a downtrend in growth rate. The financial report showed that AWS cloud services achieved a 13% year-over-year revenue growth in the fourth quarter, amounting to $24.2 billion. AWS cloud services’ Q4 operating profit soared to $7.167 billion, marking a 38% year-over-year increase.

There is optimism about AWS’s performance growth rate this year

Amazon’s CFO, Brian Olsavsky, expressed optimism about AWS’s performance growth rate this year. Olsavsky noted that there appears to be significant interest in Amazon AWS cloud services and the generative artificial intelligence products on the AWS platform. He said, “We are starting to see customers reduce their cost optimisation efforts and shift discussions more towards re-engaging with cloud migration trends they may have put on hold in recent years.”

Amazon has now deeply integrated generative AI-related technological services into its AWS cloud computing services, showcasing a series of positive developments in AI chatbots, foundational models, computational enhancements, data storage, and networking.
AWS recently launched Amazon Bedrock, a comprehensive generative AI foundational service that allows customers to access foundational models (FMs) from leading AI companies via a single API. These models are pre-trained and can be applied to a wide range of core uses, from search to content creation to drug discovery. Amazon Bedrock aims to facilitate easy access and utilisation of high-performance foundational models from leading AI companies like AI21 Labs, Anthropic, Cohere, Meta, Stability AI, and Amazon. By providing unified API access to these models, Amazon Bedrock enables developers to flexibly use different FMs and easily upgrade to the latest model versions. These large models’ eventual specific applications include text generation, image generation, dialogue generation, and more.

Amazon Q, a comprehensive integrated productivity assistant

Amazon Q is a comprehensive integrated productivity assistant launched by Amazon AWS, designed specifically for developers. Amazon Q offers access and orchestration capabilities for data, code, and infrastructure on the AWS platform and its connected systems through a chatbot interface. Amazon Q can assist enterprise customers in quickly obtaining answers to urgent questions, solving problems, generating content, and swiftly using the corporate information repository, related code, and data and expertise in corporate systems to respond to inquiries from corporate customers.


Chloe Chen

Chloe Chen is a junior writer at BTW Media. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and had various working experiences in the finance and fintech industry. Send tips to

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