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Amazon Web Services, perhaps feeling pressure from a spate of competing services from conventional storage companies as well as startups, came out May 19 with what amounts to a price cut option for its Simple Storage Service cloud backup service.

Amazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage is designed to store noncritical, reproducible data and files at lower levels of redundancy—meaning fewer replications on less-expensive disk storage in the S3 data center—than’s standard storage.

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