Cloud storage: OVH and Scaleway break prices against Americans

The two French clouds advance simple pricing models. Objective: to compete with the US giants, first and foremost Amazon Web Services.

In the field of object storage, cloud providers are engaged in a real price war. On the one hand, the American giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google do not hesitate to charge for the least processing done on the data they host (Copy, Get, List, Post). On the historical model of Amazon, Google and Microsoft apply, in addition, prices to customers wishing to extract data from its service. A policy obviously designed to discourage users from leaving the ship.

In contrast to the American providers, the French players, first and foremost OVHand Scaleway, display much simpler price grids. OVH like Scaleway priced each Go stored € 0.01 per month. Unlike their big brothers, they do not practice any extra cost on treatment operations. As for outgoing traffic, the first limits its pricing to 0.01 euro per GB per month and the second to 0.02 euros.

Imagine an e-commerce site with a catalog of 1,000 product sheets. Each card has three photos of 350 KB each, about 1 GB in total. At OVH and Scaleway , their loading on the storage space will cost 0.1 euro. A price that for the second will fit into an entry-level package of 5 euros for 500 GB of storage included (see table below). For Amazon and Microsoft, it will cost 0.0215 euro (0.024 dollars) and 0.0166 euros respectively. And at Google, the operation entered into the free entry-level offer. So far, so good.

The delicate issue of outgoing traffic

But by taking into account the pricing on the outgoing traffic, the analysis becomes worse. For the same e-commerce site, based on a scenario of 300,000 unique visitors per month, with an average of 8 listings per visitor, a total of 7,200,000 photos uploaded per month are available. And as a result 2,520 GB to display monthly on average visitors browsers. Result: the monthly bill will be 25.2 euros at OVH and 50.4 euros at Scaleway. However, it will cost not less than 186.48 euros per month at Microsoft, 203.35 euros (226.8 dollars) at Amazon, and 248.5 euros (277.2 dollars) at Google, without even taking into account the price of the operations.

Price comparison of cloud object storage services
Amazon Web Service / S3 Google Cloud (Netherlands regions) Microsoft Azure Blob objects (France region) OVH Cloud / Object Storage Scaleway / Object Storage
Entry level pack First 50 TB / month: $ 0.024 per GB / month 5 GB per month free First 50TB / month: 0.0162 € per GB / month Not proposed First 500 GB / month: 5 € (+500 GB transfer) which corresponds to 0.01 € / month per GB
Basic rate 450 TB / month: $ 0.023 per GB / month, Over 500 TB / month: $ 0.022 per GB / month $ 0.02 per GB / month  450 TB / month: 0.0156 € per GB / month, more than 500 TB / month 0.0149 € per GB / month € 0.01 per GB / month € 0.01 per GB / month more
Outgoing traffic Up to 1 GB / month free, 9.999 TB / month: $ 0.09 / GB / month, 40 TB / month: $ 0.085 / GB / month, 100 TB / month: $ 0.07 / GB / month, more than 150 TB / month: $ 0.05 per GB / month Between 0 TB and 1 TB / month 0.12 $ per GB / month, between 1 TB and 10 TB / month: 0.11 $ per GB / month, more than 10 TB: 0.08 $ / month (output to destinations around the world, except Asia and Australia) First 5 GB / month free, from 5 GB to 10 TB / month: 0.074 € per GB / month, 40 TB following / month: 0.070 € per GB / month, 100 TB following / month: 0.060 € per GB / month, 350 To following / month: 0.043 € per Go / month, More than 500: NC € 0.01 per GB / month € 0.02 per GB / month more
Incoming rate Included included Included Included included
Pricing operations Yes Yes Yes Included included 
SLA (availability rate)  99.9% 99.99% 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 
feature API S3 Google Cloud API Azure API OVH API & OpenStack API compatible with S3 

Rates are expressed excluding taxes.

The only technological difference between Scaleway and OVH, and not the least: the Scaleway storage service API is 100% compatible with that of Amazon S3. The goal is to facilitate AWS migrations to the Iliad cloud storage environment, as well as the reuse of skills and all the tools available for S3.

“At the developers, S3 became a standard, so it made sense for us to implement it,” Arnaud de Bermingham (Scaleway) 

Hence the difference of tariff seen above which here seems to be well justified. “Among developers, Amazon S3 technology has become a de facto standard of work, so it made sense for us to implement it and be compatible with its API to make it easier for the community to handle our Object Storage. developers, “comments Arnaud de Bermingham, Managing Director of Scaleway.

On the SLA side, OVH and Scaleway are aligned with their US competitors and offer availability commitments that are globally equivalent to the latter (99.9%).