Amazon to Launch Free Yearlong EC2 Usage Tier for Developers
Beginning Nov. 1, AWS customers will be able to run an Amazon EC2 cloud computing instance free for 12 months.Amazon.com, which jumped way out ahead in the cloud computing trend in 2006, is putting out an offer to potential software development customers that will be hard for many of them to pass up. The company's Web Services division announced Oct. 21 that developers and businesses can now apply for a free EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) usage tier to use for a full year.
Beginning Nov. 1, potential new Amazon Web Services customers will also be allowed to use a new free usage tier for Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing and AWS data transfer.
- 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
- 10GB per month of Amazon Elastic Block Storage
- 5GB per month of Amazon S3 Storage
- 30GB per month of Internet data transfer (15GB of data transfer "in" and 15GB of data transfer "out" across all services)
- 25 machine hours per month of Amazon SimpleDB
- 100,000 requests per month of Amazon Simple Queue Service
- 100,000 requests per month, 100,000 Notifications over HTTP per month, and 1,000 notifications over e-mail per month for Amazon Simple Notification Service