Amazon has announced that starting 1st November 2010, it will also offer a free usage tier, helping its new customers in a bid to help new AWS Customers. New customers will be able to use the free usage tier for a year. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.
Here are some of the key highlights of the free usage tier of Amazon Web Services
- “750 hours of Amazon EC2 Linux Micro Instance usage (613 MB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month”
- “750 hours of an Elastic Load Balancer plus 15 GB data processing”
- “10 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 1 million I/Os, 1 GB of snapshot storage, 10,000 snapshot Get Requests and 1,000 snapshot Put Requests”
- “5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests”
- “30 GB per of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer “in” and 15 GB of data transfer “out” across all services except Amazon CloudFront)”
- “25 Amazon SimpleDB Machine Hours and 1 GB of Storage”
- “100,000 Requests of Amazon Simple Queue Service”
- “100,000 Requests, 100,000 HTTP notifications and 1,000 email notifications for Amazon Simple Notification Service”
In addition to these services, the AWS Management Console is available at no charge to help you build and manage your application on AWS.
Getting started with the AWS Free Usage Tier
You can sign up today to automatically take advantage of AWS’s free usage tier beginning November 1, 2010.
- Sign-up for an AWS account and subscribe to the services you’d like to use.
- Enter your billing address and credit card information or select existing payment information from your Amazon.com account. Beginning November 1, 2010, you will not be charged unless your usage exceeds the free usage tiers.
- Start using AWS – visit the Resources Section to find Getting Started Guides, development tools, and tutorials, or visit the Community Forums to get your questions answered.
Personally, i believe this is a very exciting step by Amazon. By providing a free usage trial for a year, am sure, Amazon will be able to make developers (and also some cool ideas) adopt AWS early-on, ideas which might actually result into full-blown companies later at some point of time. Just in case, you didn’t know, Amazon’s online store is one of the customer of AWS.
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