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Tasting the cloud…

There are many Cloud based offerings out there, but if you want to have a taste of the two main ones, there are “Free Goes” for a limited time…

Do note that a Credit Card is required for sign-up to both. Any monthly usage in excess of the stated amounts will be charged at the standard rates. The introductory special will end on September 30, 2011 for Azure and one year from signup from Amazon. After those dates have expired all usage will then be charged at the standard rates.

Microsoft Azure
The first one is from Microsoft and they are offering free limited access to their Azure services until the 30th Sept 2011.

The link to the site is http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/

Upon sign up you will get the following:

Get 750 hours of an Extra Small compute instance, a 1GB Web Edition database and more free per month to get started with the Windows Azure platform. You can use your free trial to create and deploy an application using Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

The Windows Azure platform trial gives you the following resources on a monthly basis:

  • Compute
    • 750 hours of an Extra Small Compute Instance
    • 25 hours of a Small Compute Instance
  • Storage
    • 20GB
    • 50k Storage transactions
  • Data Transfers
    • 20GB in / 20GB out
  • Relational Database
    • 1G Web Edition SQL Azure database (for 90 days only)

Amazon AWS
The second offering is from Amazon AWS which offers one year of limited free access

The link to the signup page is here: http://aws.amazon.com/free/

Entitles you to….

  • 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Linux Micro Instances
  • 750 hours of Elastic Load Balancing and 15 Gigabytes (GB) of data processing using Elastic Load Balancing
  • 10 GB of storage in Amazon Elastic Block Storage plus 1 million input/output requests, 1 GB snapshot storage
  • 10,000 snapshot “get” requests, and 1,000 snapshot “put” requests
  • 5 GB of storage in Amazon Simple Storage Solution (Amazon S3) plus 20,000 “get” requests and 2,000 “put” requests for objects stored in Amazon S3;
  • 15 GB of internet data transfer “out” and 15 GB of internet data transfer “in” across all AWS services other than Amazon CloudFront.
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