Amazon is the leader of public Infrastructure as a Service cloud offering. Amazon has long had a free Linux tier to try out AWS, but now Amazon is really trying to capture the Microsoft Windows crowd by offering a free instance of Windows Server for a year. Here are some of the details surrounding the free Windows instance:
- 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
- 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.
- 15 GB of bandwidth out aggregated across all AWS services
- 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
- 10 Amazon Cloudwatch metrics, 10 alarms, and 1,000,000 API requests
For some more information and speculation, check out this ReadWriteCloud article...