Since November 1, 2010, Amazon has started a new Free Usage Tier program under which customers can signup and use Amazon’s entire line of Web Services at no cost for a complete year. The offer which is valid only to new customers, will let users 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, host files for your website, or just give the service a test run.
AWS Free Usage Tier provides following usage amounts of certain AWS services, each month, at no cost, for one year:
- 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**
* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date.
**These free tiers are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely.
If your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you will be charged according to the standard rates for each service. Since a credit card is required during signup, keep a close watch on your usage meter if you don’t want a bill waiting for you at the end of the month.