InformationWeek: Amazon To Offer Free Cloud Services
A "micro" Linux server in the Elastic Compute Cloud will be free for a year as an inducement for prospects to try their first cloud experience.
Like an apartment building offering a month of free rent, Amazon Web Services is looking for EC2 tenants by offering a year of free use to those just getting started in the cloud.
Beginning Nov. 1, new customers will be able to run one micro instance in the Elastic Compute Cloud for a year at no charge. The virtual server can be combined with free use of Amazon S3 permanent storage and EC2’s Elastic Block Store, which supplies disk space for running systems. Elastic Load Balancing and AWS data transfer will also be thrown in at no charge. AWS calls the package its “free usage tier.”