Amazon Unveils Free Cloud Services Amid Falling Margins


Amazon on Thursday on Thursday unveiled a new program aimed at business users and developers of its Amazon Web Services under which they can run a subset of the Amazon EC2 cloud service for a year and access related Amazon S3 storage services free of charge.

The new move, which follows other recent changes to its business offerings, aims to attract new users and developers to try its cloud services even as the company warns that the cost of attracting new business could grow.

Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 cloud instance for a year. They also get access to a new free usage tier for the Amazon S3 storage service, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer, giving them a chance to get used to working with AWS at no charge.

An instance is a Web service that includes an operating system, application, data, and associated configuration settings. Instances can be paid for on an on-demand basis or a spot basis, or can be reserved in advance.

The company expects that developers will take advantage of the new tier to launch applications at no cost, and then scale to AWS' paid services as the application becomes popular. The new service comes on top of other enhancements for business customers the company recently started offering.

 

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