Cloud: Amazon Web Services Adds Free Tier
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that have the most far-reaching implications. Here’s a good example: Amazon Web Services (AWS), the IaaS provider that probably demands no introduction, is launching a totally free cloud offering for developers that lasts a full year. When coupled with the free tier of services AWS already offers, it sounds like a compelling strategy. Here are some details.
The services available on the AWS free tier, taken directly from Amazon’s press release:
- 750 hours per month of micro Linux Amazon EC2 instance usage — enough to run continuously (there are approximately 750 hours in a month)
- 750 hours per month of an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer
- 10 GB per month of Amazon Elastic Block Storage
- 5 GB per month of Amazon S3 Storage
- 30 GB per month of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer “in” and 15 GB of data transfer “out” across all services)
But wait, there’s more: Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), and Amazon SimpleDB all integrate with the offerings described above – and they all have free tiers. That means that developers have a pretty strong foundation for building and deploying cloud applications at no cost to themselves.
Of course, AWS is almost certainly hoping customers monetize with paid instances and continue after their year of freebies is up- they’re still aiming for profitability, of course. But The VAR Guy is still wondering when and if the competing Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform will launch a similar freemium offering?