Q: What is the Amazon CloudSearch Free Trial Program?

For a limited time, AWS is offering a 30-day free trial to new Amazon CloudSearch customers. The free trial program is available to users worldwide in all regions supported by Amazon CloudSearch: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore). Any AWS customer who has not yet created an Amazon CloudSearch search domain is eligible for the free trial program.

During the 30-day free trial period, you can use:

  • 750 total hours of Amazon CloudSearch search instances
  • 10,000 document batch uploads (each batch with a maximum size of 5 MB)
  • 10 IndexDocuments requests

The free trial expires after 30 days or when you reach the free usage limits, whichever comes first. When your free trial expires, you can continue using your domain without interruption at the standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see the Amazon CloudSearch pricing page for full pricing details).

Q: When does the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program expire?

The Amazon CloudSearch free trial program expires 30 days from the date you first create an Amazon CloudSearch search domain, or when you reach the free usage limits, whichever comes first. For example, if you start using Amazon CloudSearch on April 10th, your free trial will expire no later than May 9th. However, if your data and traffic volume result in scaling to two Large Search Instances, you will reach the 750 total hour limit in roughly two weeks.

When your free trial expires, you can continue using your domain without interruption at the standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see the Amazon CloudSearch page for full pricing details).

Q: When does the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program expire?

The Amazon CloudSearch free trial program expires 30 days from the date you first create an Amazon CloudSearch search domain, or when you reach the free usage limits, whichever comes first. For example, if you start using Amazon CloudSearch on April 10th, your free trial will expire no later than May 9th. However, if your data and traffic volume result in scaling to two Large Search Instances, you will reach the 750 total hour limit in roughly two weeks.

When your free trial expires, you can continue using your domain without interruption at the standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see the Amazon CloudSearch page for full pricing details).

Q: What do I need to do to qualify for the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program?

All new AWS customers are eligible and automatically enrolled in the free trial program. Existing AWS customers who have not created an Amazon CloudSearch search domain are also eligible. Note: The Amazon CloudSearch free trial program is separate from the AWS free tier, and your eligibility for both programs is independent.

Q: If I sign-up for Consolidated Billing, can I get the Amazon CloudSearch free trial for each account?

No, customers that use Consolidated Billing to consolidate payment across multiple accounts will only have access to one free Amazon CloudSearch free trial. There is a limit of one 30 day free usage period (750 total search instance hours) per AWS account.

Q: If I don’t use all of my free usage per month will it roll over to the next month?

No, the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program expires 30 days from the date you create your first search domain. Unused hours do not carry over to the following month.

Q: If I sign up during the middle of the month, will I be able to get 30 days of free trial?

Yes, you get 30 days from the date you first create an Amazon CloudSearch search domain. However, keep in mind that the free trial ends as soon as you reach the usage limits, which can occur in less than 30 days if your domain scales to multiple search instances.

Q: If I go over the free usage per month, how much will I have to pay?

If your usage exceeds the monthly free usage limits, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go Amazon CloudSearch rates. (See the Amazon CloudSearch pricing page for full pricing details.)

Q: How do I know how much I’ve used and if I’ve gone over the free usage limit?

You can log into your Account Activity page to view and download current and past Amazon CloudSearch usage.

Q: Can I use the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program in any region?

The free trial program is offered for users worldwide as long as they have an AWS account in good standing and have a valid credit card.

Q: Are there any limitations to how I use the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program?

This offering provides new Amazon CloudSearch customers with free usage to help you get started with Amazon CloudSearch. If you have a new search application that you’d like to launch or if you have an existing application you want to run with Amazon CloudSearch, this is a great way to get started for free. You can prototype, develop, and test new applications and migrate from other search platforms. The Amazon CloudSearch free trial program is not limited to specific use cases, but some restrictions apply. See the offer terms for the complete terms and conditions.

Q: I’m eligible for the Amazon CloudSearch free trial program, but I received a charge. Why?

The free trial provides a total of 750 search instance hours and up to 30 calendar days of usage, and has limits on the total number of IndexDocuments and batch upload requests you can submit. If you exceed these free usage limits, the standard Amazon CloudSearch rates apply and are charged to your credit card.

To review your Amazon CloudSearch usage, log into your Account Activity page and download the Usage Report for Amazon CloudSearch.

Q: What happens if I exceed the 10,000 Batch Upload or 10 IndexDocuments limits?

If you exceed either the 10,000 batch upload or 10 IndexDocuments limits, you will begin to incur charges for those operations at the standard Amazon CloudSearch rates. You will still be able to use your remaining instance hours at no charge. See the Amazon CloudSearch Overview for full pricing details.

Q: My CloudSearch domain started with a Small Search Instance during the free trial program. Can I scale that up to a Large or Extra Large Search Instance?

When your free trial expires, you can continue using your domain without interruption at the standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see the Amazon CloudSearch Overview for full pricing details).

You do not need to explicitly specify the number or type of CloudSearch instances. As a managed service, Amazon CloudSearch automatically determines the size and number of search instances required to deliver low latency, high throughput search performance. As your data volume grows, Amazon CloudSearch will scale your search domain to a larger search instance type (or partition your index across multiple instances if you are already on the largest search instance type). Conversely, when your data volume shrinks, CloudSearch scales your domain down to fewer search instances (or a smaller search instance type if your index fits on a single partition). If you scale beyond the limit of a single Extra Large Search Instance, Amazon CloudSearch will automatically add up to 9 additional Extra Large Search Instances to scale your search fleet. Note that during the free trial period, all search instance hours count toward the 750 hour limit. If your domain scales to multiple search instances, you will reach the 750 hour limit in less than 30 days.

Q: What happens if I create multiple Amazon CloudSearch domains?

Usage is aggregated at the account level, not the domain level. If you create multiple domains during your free trial, all search instance hours used by all domains will count toward the 750 hour limit. If you create multiple domains, you will likely reach the 750 hour limit in less than 30 days. You can monitor your usage from the Account Activity page.

Q: Will I be notified when my free trial ends?

You will be notified by email before the free trial period ends. The notification will be sent to the email address associated with your Customer ID.

Q: How can I make sure that I do not incur any charges after my free trial ends?

To avoid incurring any charges after the free trial, you must take action to delete your search domain(s) before your free trial expires. You can delete a domain through the CloudSearch console, with the command-line tools, or through the DeleteDomain configuration action. For more information, see Deleting a Search Domain in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.