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The solution's pricing is fair. The trick lies in Amazon's pricing. They charge according to the different layers of or types of data that is transfered.
I think there is a paid version only, there is no free version. I think it is possibly on the expensive side. I did not go too deep into pricing, because our business did not care about pricing that much. They just wanted the product to be solid and level at all times. The business is generally conservative about services and pricing. But, this was a different case for us where the price did not matter. I did not explore that much into the pricing of Kinesis, per se.
The pricing depends on the number of shards that we are providing and the time the application is running. We reduced the cost of the pipeline that we built. We built a generic type of pipeline so that two more times can use same data pipeline.
In terms of the prices, I think it is a fair price. Kinesis Data Stream has a very fair price relative to the value that it provides. Same for Firehose. As for Kinesis Analytics, I find it on the more expensive side because it's a newer component, something fewer people use, and something more innovative, cutting edge, and more specific. I would say Analytics is more on the expensive side of the spectrum. I would say that Kinesis Analytics is the only one that I may complain about if you like low pricing.
I would say pricing is really great. If pricing is an issue, I'd definitely recommend Kinesis because our Kinesis costs are under $1,000 a month. The product is super cost effective and it's the same with the licensing. Compared to Google Cloud and Azure, they're probably pretty similarly priced. I wouldn't say you're going to get a huge benefit going to Kinesis, but if you're considering using Kafka or another solution that's not hosted, it's not really worth all the effort when you could just go with a managed solution. It's a lot better cost-wise.
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