AWS free tier is the free web services environment offered by Amazon for it’s first time users. If you are new to the cloud computing world, then you must be aware that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud platform across the world. It has weak challenges from Microsoft and Google. So, there is great amount of opportunities for career if you have good knowledge on AWS and prepare for the AWS certifications. In my previous article, I have explained how to prepare for AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam.
Since every one can not afford to pat for the cloud environment, Amazon has set up free environment with limited amount of bandwidth for those who can try for one year and then purchase the services from Amazon. This free tier is very useful for people who are learning first time AWS technology. It is very simple to sign-up and get started using the free tier.
Note that Amazon would charge your credit card $1 at the time of sign up to validate if that credentials are correct. You will be charged only if you are using any of the non-free services. But, after one year Amazon will start charge cost from your registered credit card. So, delete your free account after your use if you are not planning to buy their services after one year.
How to Sign-Up for free tier?
Please visit the site Sign-up for AWS Free Tier Account. This is the entry point for signing up for the free account. Here is the test that is provided in their website about the free account:
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Free Tier is designed to enable you to get hands-on experience with AWS Cloud Services. The AWS Free Tier includes services with a free tier available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date, as well as additional service offers that do not automatically expire at the end of your 12 month AWS Free Tier term.
Then you can click this link Register for Free Account.
Here is the list of free services that are offered as part of the free account. Here I am listing only the name of the services and not providing the other details. If you want to know about the free tier offer, please visit this site.
- Amazon EC2
- Amazon S3
- Amazon EFS
- Amazon RDS
- AWS IoT
- Amazon EC2 Container Registry
- AWS Lambda
- Elastic Load Balancing
- Amazon DynamoDB
- Amazon CloudFront
- Amazon Elastic Block Storage
- Amazon ElastiCache
- Amazon Redshift
- AWS Data Pipeline
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service
- Amazon Cognito
- AWS Device Farm
- Amazon Mobile Analytics
- Amazon SNS
- AWS CodeCommit
- AWS CodePipeline
- AWS Key Management Service
- Amazon CloudWatch
- AWS Trusted Advisor
- Amazon API Gateway
- Amazon AppStream
- Amazon Elastic Transcoder
- Amazon SES
- Amazon SQS
- Amazon SWF
- Amazon QuickSight
How to use AWS Free Services?
Once you have signed up for the free account, you will be able to see the list of services in your AWS console. Here, AWS Console refers to the place where you will see the list of all the services. You can directly click on any of the services and configure for your use. Also you can look at the account settings and find how much are utilized. You also have look on the billing, some time without your knowledge you would have used the non-free services that would be billed on your credit card. The good news is that, AWS is always charges you on the consumption. So, they charge very minimal cost.
Here is the snapshot of the AWS console.
Here is the list of additional resources that would help you to learn AWS.
- Getting Guide from Amazon – This is the official guide from Amazon website to get start learning AWS. There is lot of videos to explore here.
- AWS Certification – Here is the official site for AWS certification
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam practice questions
- How did you prepare for AWS certification Exam
- What are salary and career demand for the AWS developers
I hope this article would have helped you to understand how to enroll for the AWS free tier account. This is the first step towards learning AWS technology for the beginners. If you have any questions on learning AWS, please write your comments.