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and an additional 750 hours /month of Linux based computing. The windows instance is really quite easy for users to start getting the hang of cloud computing. and it is quite useful for people to tinker around, given Google’s retail cloud offerings are taking so long to hit the market
But it is only for new users.
WS Free Usage Tier now Includes Microsoft Windows on EC2
The AWS Free Usage Tier now allows you to run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 on an EC2 t1.micro instance for up to 750 hours per month. This benefit is open to new AWS customers and to those who are already participating in the Free Usage Tier, and is available in all AWS Regions with the exception of GovCloud. This is an easy way for Windows users to start learning about and enjoying the benefits of cloud computing with AWS.
The micro instances provide a small amount of consistent processing power and the ability to burst to a higher level of usage from time to time. You can use this instance to learn about Amazon EC2, support a development and test environment, build an AWS application, or host a web site (or all of the above). We’ve fine-tuned the micro instances to make them even better at running Microsoft Windows Server.
You can launch your instance from the AWS Management Console:
We have lots of helpful resources to get you started:
- An updated (and even more helpful) Amazon EC2 Microsoft Windows Guide.
- Getting Started Guide: Web Application Hosting for Microsoft Windows.
- The Getting Started Guide includes a new section on Deploying a WordPress Blog.
- Our Windows and .NET Developer Center.
- A brand new AWS Microsite, with a focus on running Windows on Amazon EC2.
- Additional documentation on the AWS free usage tier, including eligibility information and some tips for making the most of it.
Along with 750 instance hours of Windows Server 2008 R2 per month, the Free Usage Tier also provides another 750 instance hours to run Linux (also on a t1.micro), Elastic Load Balancer time and bandwidth, Elastic Block Storage, Amazon S3 Storage, and SimpleDB storage, a bunch of Simple Queue Service and Simple Notification Service requests, and some CloudWatch metrics and alarms (see the AWS Free Usage Tier page for details). We’ve also boosted the amount of EBS storage space offered in the Free Usage Tier to 30GB, and we’ve doubled the I/O requests in the Free Usage Tier, to 2 million.
To help unify and uniform, collobrative work and data management and business models across the enterprise in secure SSL cloud environments- Google Storage has been rolling out some changes (read below)-this also gives you more options on the day Amazon goes ahem down (cough cough) because they didn’t think someone in their data environment could be sympathetic to free data.
And now to the actual update.
We’re making some changes to Google Storage for Developers to make team-based development easier. As part of this work, we are introducing the concept of a project. In preparation for this feature, we will be creating projects for every user and migrating their buckets to it.
What does this mean for you?
Everything will continue to work as it always has. However, you will notice that if you perform a get-acl operation on any of your buckets, you will see extra ACL entries. These entries correspond to project groups. Each group has only one member – the person who owned the buckets before the bucket migration; no additional rights have been granted to any of your buckets or objects. You should preserve these new ACL grants if you modify bucket ACLs.
An example entry for a modified ACL would look like this:
We’ll be rolling out these changes over the next few days,
Detailed Note on GS-
Google Storage for Developers is a RESTful service for storing and accessing your data on Google’s infrastructure. The service combines the performance and scalability of Google’s cloud with advanced security and sharing capabilities. Highlights include:
Fast, scalable, highly available object store
- All data replicated to multiple U.S. data centers
- Read-your-writes data consistency
- Objects of hundreds of gigabytes in size per request with range-get support
- Domain-scoped bucket namespace
Easy, flexible authentication and sharing
- Key-based authentication
- Authenticated downloads from a web browser
- Individual- and group-level access controls
In addition, Google Storage for Developers offers a web-based interface for managing your storage and GSUtil, an open source command line tool and library. The service is also compatible with many existing cloud storage tools and libraries. With pay-as-you-go pricing, it’s easy to get started and scale as your needs grow.
Google Storage for Developers is currently only available to a limited number of developers. Please sign up to join the waiting list.
lowered the threshold for our volume based discounts from 50 terabytes to 1 terabyte, extending volume pricing discounts to more customers. Here’s a summary of the changes:
First 1TB $0.150 $0.140
Next 49TB $0.150 $0.125
Next 50TB $0.140 $0.110
Next 400TB $0.130 $0.110
Next 500TB $0.105 $0.095
Next 4000TB $0.080 $0.080 (no change)
Over 5000TB $0.055 $0.055 (no change)
These prices apply to Amazon S3 Standard storage in the US-Standard, EU-West, and AP-East regions. The new lower prices for the US-West region and Reduced Redundancy Storage can be found on the Amazon S3 Detail Page.
- Amazon Slashes AWS S3 Prices Up To 19% (techcrunch.com)
- What Can I Say? Another Amazon S3 Price Reduction! (aws.typepad.com)
- How to host a Municipal Election Website for $2.44 (ruk.ca)
- Servers for Nothing, Bits for Free (aws.typepad.com)
- Free Amazon AWS (i-programmer.info)
Amazon EC2 and company announced a free year long tier for new users-you cant beat free :)
AWS Free Usage Tier
To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWScustomers will be able to 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 AWSdata 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, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.
Below are the highlights of AWS’s new free usage tiers. All are available for one year (except Amazon SimpleDB, SQS, and SNS which are free indefinitely):
AWS’s free usage tier startsNovember 1, 2010. A valid creditcard is required to sign up.
See offer terms.
- 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
In addition to these services, the AWS Management Console is available at no charge to help you build and manage your application on AWS.
* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers and are available for 12 months following your AWSsign-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 new AWS free usage tier applies to participating services across all AWS regions: US – N. Virginia, US – N. California, EU – Ireland, and APAC – Singapore. Your free usage is calculated each month across all regions and automatically applied to your bill – free usage does not accumulate.
- Amazon announce free web services (edugeek.net)
- Try out Amazon EC2 (zdnet.com)
- developers and businesses can now apply for a free EC2 [Elastic Cloud 2] usage tier to use for a full year (robbiz1978.blogspot.com)
- Amazon Introduces New ‘Free Usage Tier’ For AWS (techcrunch.com)