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Amazon Web Services Free Usage Tier - Free Micro EC2 for a Year + More


This is for those of us building web applications — Amazon has recently released their a free tier to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The freebies for each month includes:

  • 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Micro Instance (613MB memory)
  • 750 hours of Eleastic Load Balancer
  • 10GB of Eleastic Block Storage
  • 5GB of S3 storage + 20k GET + 2k PUT requests
  • 30GB of data transfer
  • 25 SimpleDB machine hours + 1GB storage
  • 100k requests of Amazon SQS
  • 100k requests, 100k HTTP notifications + 1000 email notifications of Simple Notification Service

The catch:

  • (Applying to EC2, ELB, EBS, S3) — These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates.
  • (Applying to SimpleDB, SQS, SNS) — These free tiers do not expire after 12 months and are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely.
  • You need credit card to register
  • Offer starts on 1 November 2010

Too bad that I have been a user of AWS for 3+ years so can't qualify for free EC2/S3.

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closed Comments

  • again in English this time?

    • Which part of "FREE" don't you understand? :)

      • The free bit i got fine, it was the other bits that i had an issue with… eg
        EC2, ELB, EBS, S3, SimpleDB, SQS, SNS
        Amazon EC2 Micro Instance
        Eleastic Block Storage
        S3 storage

        probably need to read a bit about the services though

        BTW i think gravatar is down, seems to be stuffing up page loads and reply button.

  • Nice find. That's really sweet for startups etc.

    • Of course, hopefully you should be able to afford a paid service by the time you run out of quota or the year is up, otherwise your app stops working.

      No doubt the competition of GAE made Amazon release this tier.

      • GAE is a lot more limited than AWS suite, although if your app coded correctly you pretty much just deploy and let it run. EC2 is pretty much an unmanaged Xen VPS which you need to manage and monitor yourself. It does have EBS so storage is safe (for a year :) but you still need to think of your own HA solution.

        Btw EC2 micro instance is available in Singapore as well so it would have better latency to Australia than California (especially to Perth).

        • I suppose one could regard the lack of need to manage GAE as a plus.

        • Yes "deploy and let it run" nature of GAE is definitely a plus for developers to focus on writing Python or Java code, rather than optimising and managing the deployment platform. You can rely on Google and their PhD's to do those for you :)

  • Could person pt me in the diretion of wiki page or something to find
    out what this does. as i'm a non programing person.
    just assuming it's a programing thing. correct me if i'm wrong!

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_ec2

      If you're not into web app deployment, it's probably not an OzBargain you need. It's for the back room boffins.

    • Yes this is sort of a programming thingy — Amazon is basically making their building block of web services free for low-usage users for a year — which is a good news for those starting out.

      However for non-developers, their 5GB S3 storage could still be useful, i.e. it's like a free 5GB backup storage on the web (for a year).

  • Deal seems to start from Nov 1, 2010 and requires Credit Card information. Can these be included in the description ?

  • Amazon S3 is quite handy for automatically backing up your Wordpress blog as well. I've been using it for a month with the Automatic Wordpress Backup plugin and it has only cost me 3 cents so far.

    • I've had S3 for a month or so. Is there any way to get this deal without cancelling and signing up again?