How AWS Freetier Account is Different from Other AWS Subscription

Why AWS calls it Free? does it mean services provided under this account will be absolutely free? The answer is Yes as well as No.

Why Yes because AWS is so courteous to provide free access to whoever opens a new account, but free access doesn’t mean “FREE” they give access to a limited resources as free by which a beginner/developer/newcomer can able to understand the basic and get hands-on with AWS.

Here is a quick summary on what is being provided as Free under free tier account. Later we will go through how to create AWS freetier account.

There are few such services which AWS offers as free even after free tier usage expires, to identify services which fall into this category I have mentioned Non-Expiring next to its term.

Compute

Service: EC2 – Elastic Compute Cloud
Description: Resizable compute capacity in the Cloud
Charged: Hourly (On-Demand / Reserved Capacity / Spot)
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free:

– Beyond 750 hrs it will be chargeable or if you choose another instance type.
– 750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage.
– 750 hours per month of Windows t2.micro instance usage.

Service: Elastic Load Balancing
Description: Automatic distribution of incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances
Charged: Hourly
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 750 Hours per month shared between Classic and Application load balancers
– plus 15 GB data processing

Service: Amazon Elastic Block Storage
Description: Persistent, durable, low-latency block-level storage volumes for EC2 instances
Charged: Hourly
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 30 GB any combination of General Purpose (SSD) or Magnetic
– 2 million I/Os (with EBS Magnetic) and 1 GB of snapshot storage

Service: AWS Lambda
Description: Compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources
Charged: Request per Month
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 1,000,000 free requests per month

Storage & Content Delivery

Service: Amazon S3
Description: Secure, durable, and scalable object storage infrastructure
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 5 GB of Standard Storage.
– 20,000 Get Requests & 2,000 Put Requests.

Service: Amazon Glacier
Description: Long-term, secure, durable object storage
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 10 GB of Amazon Glacier data retrievals per month for free.

Service: AWS Storage Gateway
Description: Hybrid cloud storage with seamless local integration and optimized data transfer
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– Up to 100GB/month free
– No transfer charges into AWS

Service: Amazon CloudFront
Description: Web service to distribute content to end users with low latency and high data transfer speeds
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 50 GB of Data Transfer Out
– 2,000,000 HTTP or HTTPS Requests

Service: Amazon EFS
Description: Simple, scalable, shared file storage service for Amazon Linux EC2 instances
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 5GB of storage

Database

Service: Amazon RDS
Description: Managed Relational Database Service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, Oracle BYOL, or SQL Server
Charged: Hourly + Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 750 Hours per month of db.t2.micro database usage
– 20 GB of General Purpose (SSD) database storage
– 20 GB of storage for database backups and DB Snapshots

Service: DynamoDB
Description: Fast and flexible NoSQL database with seamless scalability
Charged: Capacity based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 25 GB of Storage
– 25 Units of Write Capacity
– 25 Units of Read Capacity

Service: Amazon ElastiCache
Description: Web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the Cloud
Charged: Hourly
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 750 Hours of cache.t2micro Node usage

Monitoring & Optimization

Service: Amazon CloudWatch
Description: Monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications
Charged: Request + Metrics + Alarm
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 10 Custom Metrics and 10 Alarms
– 1,000,000 API Requests
– 3 Dashboards with up to 50 Metrics Each per Month

Service: AWS Trusted Advisor
Description: AWS Cloud Optimization Expert
Charged: Best Practise Check
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 14 best-practice checks on performance and security (service limits, security groups, IAM, and MFA)

Identity, Security & Compliance

Service: Amazon Cloud Directory
Description: Fully-managed, cloud-native directory building service for data with multiple hierarchies
Charged: Capacity
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 1GB of storage per month
– 10,000 combined strongly consistent read API calls and write API calls per month

Service: Amazon Macie
Description: Amazon Macie is a security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS
Charged: Capacity
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 1 GB processed by the content classification engine
– Today, Amazon Macie is available to protect data stored in Amazon S3

Service: AWS Key Management Service
Description: AWS Key Management Service is a managed service that provides easy encryption with administrative controls
Charged: Request
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 20,000 free requests per month

Application Services

Service: Amazon API Gateway
Description: Publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale
Charged: Request
Freetier Usage: 12 Months
Monthly Free :  

– 1 Million API Calls Received per month

Service: Amazon SES (Simple Email Service)
Description: Cost-effective email service in the Cloud
Charged: Message Request
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 62,000 Outbound Messages per month to any recipient when you call Amazon SES from an Amazon EC2 instance directly or through AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
– 1,000 Inbound Messages per month

Service: Amazon SQS (Simple Queue Service)</span
Description: Scalable queue for storing messages as they travel between computers
Charged: Message Request
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 1,000,000 Requests

Service: Amazon SWF (Simple Workflow Service)
Description: Task coordination and state management service for Cloud applications
Charged: Task Based
Freetier Usage: 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 10,000 Activity Tasks
– 30,000 Workflow-Days
– 1,000 Initiated Executions

Business Productivity

Service : Amazon Chime
Description : Amazon Chime is a modern unified communications service that offers frustration-free meetings with exceptional audio and video
Charged : Pricing Model
Freetier Usage : Basic tier is Unlimited (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– Basic tier is Unlimited

Analytics

Service : Amazon QuickSight
Description : Fast, easy-to-use, cloud-powered business analytics service at 1/10th the cost of traditional BI solutions
Charged : Capacity
Freetier Usage : 12 Months (Non-expiring)
Monthly Free :  

– 1 GB of SPICE capacity 1 user perpetual free tier
– 10GB of SPICE capacity the first 2 months for free for a total of 4 users

In above table, i have mentioned details on few Popular Services.
For full detailed information, you can get from this link. ( AWS-FreeTier Detail Information).
Stay Tuned for future blog post Cheers.

Tushar Bhavsar
AWS Solution Architect Associate

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