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Free Amazon Web Services -- and how to make the most of them

Serdar Yegulalp | April 11, 2013
If you avoid some gotchas and keep a close eye on resource usage, you can have a handy server in the Amazon cloud for free

M1 Small, spot instance, or reserved instance -- they're all pretty affordable. By the time you graduate from the free tier to one of these, you will have accumulated plenty of practice using Amazon's tools and keeping your costs in line.

Spot instances let you run a machine on unused capacity by bidding for it. It's a useful way to run a machine intermittently for little money.

 

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