AWS Free Usage Tier
To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a free usage tier. The free tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.
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Amazon EC2 »
Web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.
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Amazon S3 »
Highly-scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage.
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Amazon RDS »
Managed MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server databases.
Amazon CloudWatch »
Monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications.
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AWS Data Pipeline »
Orchestration for data-driven workflows.
Amazon DynamoDB »
Fully managed NoSQL database service with seamless scalability.
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Amazon EBS »
Highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes.
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Amazon ELB »
Web service that provides scalability and high availability.
Amazon ElastiCache »
Managed scale-out caching.
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Amazon SNS »
Web service to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud.
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Amazon Elastic Transcoder »
Convert your media files easily, at low cost and at scale.
Simple Queue Service
Amazon SQS »
Scalable queue for storing messages as they travel between computers.
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Amazon SWF »
Workflow service for building scalable, resilient applications.
750hrsLinux Micro Instance
750hrsWindows Micro Instance
Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. The AWS Free Tier includes 750hrs of Linux and Windows Micro Instances each month for one year.
750hrsof EBS Storage
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances, providing greater fault tolerance and scalability. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of load balancing and 15 GB of data processed.
30 GBof EBS Storage
1 GBof Snapshot Storage
Amazon EBS (Amazon Elastic Block Store) provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance. With the AWS Free Tier you get 30 GB of Amazon EBS, plus 2 million I/Os and 1 GB of snapshot storage.
5 GBStandard Storage
Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own web sites.
20 GBof DB Storage
20 GBfor Backups, 10MM I/Os
Amazon RDS (Amazon Relational Database Service) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS supports MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database engines. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Amazon RDS – enough hours to run a DB Instance continuously each month.
100 MBof Storage
5 Unitsof Write Capacity
10 Unitsof Read Capacity
Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With the AWS Free Tier you get 100 MB of storage, 5 units of write capacity, and 10 units of read capacity for Amazon DynamoDB.
750hrsMicro Cache Node
Amazon ElastiCache makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale in-memory caches in the cloud. Amazon ElastiCache supports Memcached, a widely adopted caching protocol. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Amazon ElastiCache – enough hours to run a Cache Node continuously each month.
Amazon SQS (Amazon Simple Queue Service) offers a reliable, highly scalable, hosted queue for storing messages as they travel between computers. By using Amazon SQS, developers can simply move data between distributed components of their applications that perform different tasks.
20 minutesSD Transcoding
10 minutesHD Transcoding
Amazon Elastic Transcoder is an easy to use, highly scalable service for converting video files between different digital formats. It gives developers and businesses a simple and cost effective way to convert videos from their source format into versions that will work on various devices.
Amazon SNS (Amazon Simple Notification Service) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud. It provides developers with a highly scalable, flexible, and cost-effective capability to publish messages from an application and immediately deliver them to subscribers or other applications.
Whether automating business processes for finance or insurance applications, building sophisticated data analytics applications, or managing cloud infrastructure services, Amazon SWF (Amazon Simple Workflow Service) reliably coordinates all of the processing steps within an application.
Amazon CloudWatch provides scalable monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications. It helps developers and system administrators gain visibility and insight to operate their systems. Use metrics to store monitoring data. Use alarms to trigger automated actions from your metrics.
3Low Frequency Preconditions
5Low Frequency Activities
AWS Data Pipeline is a web service that helps you reliably process and move data between different AWS compute and storage services as well as on-premise data sources at specified intervals.
AWS Free Usage Tier (Per Month):
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
- 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 Amazon EC2 Microsoft Windows Server‡ 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*
- 30 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 2 million I/Os and 1 GB of snapshot storage*
Simple Storage Service (S3)
- 5 GB of Amazon S3 standard storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests*
100 MB of storage, 5 units of write capacity, and 10 units of read capacity for Amazon DynamoDB.**
Relational Database Service (RDS)
- 750 hours of Amazon RDS Single-AZ Micro DB Instances, for running MySQL, Oracle BYOL or SQL Server (running SQL Server Express Edition) – enough hours to run a DB Instance continuously each month*
- 20 GB of database storage
- 10 million I/Os
- 20 GB of backup storage for your automated database backups and any user-initiated DB Snapshots
Simple Workflow (SWF)
- 1,000 Amazon SWF workflow executions can be initiated for free. A total of 10,000 activity tasks, signals, timers and markers, and 30,000 workflow-days can also be used for free**
Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Simple Notification Service (SNS)
Amazon Elastic Transcoder
- 20 minutes of SD transcoding or 10 minutes of HD transcoding**
- 10 Amazon Cloudwatch metrics, 10 alarms, and 1,000,000 API requests**
- 15 GB of bandwidth out aggregated across all AWS services*
- 3 low frequency preconditions running on AWS per month*
- 5 low frequency activities running on AWS per month*
- 750 hours of Amazon ElastiCache - enough hours to run a Cache Node continuously each month.*
* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers, and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.
** These free tiers do not expire after 12 months and are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely.
† The following Linux variants are not eligible for the free usage tier as a software license is required: SuSe Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
‡ The following Windows variants are not eligible for the free usage tier: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Web, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Standard, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 64-bit for Cluster Instances and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server 64-bit for Cluster Instances.
The AWS free usage tier applies to participating services across all AWS regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo). Your free usage is calculated each month across all regions and automatically applied to your bill – free usage does not accumulate.
Why Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services provides a flexible, scalable, low-cost cloud computing platform for businesses of all sizes all around the world. With AWS, you have access to the same reliable, secure technology platform used to power Amazon.com’s global web properties.
Pay as you go.
Beyond the AWS free usage tier, you only pay for the resources you use; there are no long-term contracts or up-front commitments.
With AWS, you have access to Amazon’s massive infrastructure – you can use the resources you need to scale your application up or down based on demand.
If it runs in your data center, it can run in the cloud. You choose the operating system, programming language, web application platform, software, and other tools to launch existing applications in the cloud or deploy new applications.
Easy to use.
You can get started with AWS in minutes. Use the AWS Management Console, APIs, SDKs, or other development tools to get started quickly. Spend time focusing on your idea, not provisioning and managing hardware.
How to Get Started
You can sign up today to automatically take advantage of AWS’s free usage tier.
- Sign-up for an AWS account and subscribe to the services you’d like to use.
- Enter your billing address and credit card information. You will not be charged unless your usage exceeds the free usage tiers.
- Start using AWS – See the Getting Started Guide AWS Free Usage Tier to learn how to get started with the free usage tier. Visit the Resources Section to find Getting Started Guides, development tools, and tutorials, or visit the Community Forums to get your questions answered.