Free Cloud for All

Cloud computing in 2020 is more mature, while it seems that the cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin, aka the distribution of cloud assets, software, applications, and more across several cloud environments, using multiple cloud computing and storage services in a single network architecture.

Picking the one, the top cloud services provider isn’t easy, as “it depends” comes in mind. Are we talking about the most popular, the one that fits your needs, most relevant to your stack or know-how, etc How do we define what’s best?

Luckily, the best cloud vendors, understand this, offering free cloud services that let you actually try their platforms, and make up your mind yourself. Of course there constraints and limitations, while we see different options to try out like trials, short period use of cloud services and what has come to be known as the always-free tier offering.

We aim to list the base offering of the always-free tier by major cloud vendors.

Luckily, the best cloud vendors, understand this, offering free cloud services that let you actually try their platforms, and make up your mind yourself. Of course there constraints and limitations, while we see different options to try out like trials, short period use of cloud services and what has come to be known as the always-free tier offering.

We aim to list the base offering of the always-free tier by major cloud vendors.

  • Amazon Web Services
    • Amazon DynamoDB – 25GB NoSQL DB
    • Amazon Lambda – 1 Million requests per month
    • Amazon SNS – 1 million publishes per month
    • Amazon Cloudwatch – 10 custom metrics and 10 alarms
    • Amazon Glacier – 10GB long-term object storage
    • Amazon SQS – 1 million messaging queue requests
    • Amazon CodeBuild – 100min of build time per month
    • Amazon Code Commit – 5 active users per month
    • Amazon Code Pipeline – 1 active pipeline per month
  • Full, detailed list – https://aws.amazon.com/free/?awsf.Free%20Tier%20Types=categories%23alwaysfree
  • Microsoft Azure
    • App service – 10 web, mobile or API apps
    • Functions – 1 million requests per month
    • DevTest Labs – Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments
    • Active Directory – 500,000 objects
    • Active Directory B2C – 50,000 monthly stored users
    • Azure DevOps – 5 active users
    • Microsoft IoT Hub – 8,000 messages per day
    • Load Balancer – 1 free public load balanced IP (VIP)
    • Notification Hubs – 1 million push notifications
    • Bandwidth – 5GB egress per month
  • Full, detailed list – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/
  • Google Cloud Platform
    • App Engine – 28 frontend instance hours per day, 9 backend instance hours per day
    • Cloud Firestore – 1GB storage, 50,000 reads, 20,000 writes, 20,000 deletes per day
    • Compute Engine – 1 non-preemptible f1-micro, 30GB HDD, 5GB snapshot storage (restricted to certain regions)
    • Cloud Storage – 5GB, 1GB network egress
    • Cloud Shell – Web-based Linux shell/basic IDE with 5GB of persistent storage. 60 hours limit per week
    • Cloud Pub/Sub – 10GB of messages per month
    • Cloud Functions – 2 million invocations per month (includes both background and HTTP invocations)
    • Cloud Run – 2 million requests per month, 360,000 GB-seconds memory, 180,000 vCPU-seconds of compute time, 1 GB network egress from North America per month
    • Google Kubernetes Engine – No cluster management fee for clusters of all sizes. Each user node is charged at standard Compute Engine pricing
    • BigQuery – 1 TB of querying per month, 10 GB of storage each month
    • Cloud Build – 120 build-minutes per day
    • Cloud Source Repositories – Up to 5 Users, 50 GB Storage, 50 GB Egress
  • Full, detailed list – https://cloud.google.com/free/docs/gcp-free-tier#always-free-usage-limits
  • Oracle Cloud
    • Compute – 2 VM.Standard.E2.1.Micro 1GB RAM
    • Block Volume – 2 volumes, 100 GB total (used for compute)
    • Object Storage – 10 GB
    • Load balancer – 1 instance with 10 Mbps
    • Autonomous Databases – 2 DBs, 20 GB each
    • Monitoring – 500 million ingestion datapoints, 1 billion retrieval datapoints
    • Bandwidth – 10TB egress per month
    • Notifications – 1 million delivery options per month, 1000 emails sent per month
  • Full, detailed list – https://www.oracle.com/cloud/free/
  • IBM Cloud
    • Kubernetes – Free cluster with 1 worker node
    • Cloud Functions – 5 million executions per month
    • Object Storage – 25GB per month
    • Cloudant database – 1 GB of data storage
    • Db2 database – 100MB of data storage
    • API Connect – 50,000 API calls per month
    • Availability Monitoring – 3 million data points per month
    • Log Analysis – 500MB of daily log
  • Full, detailed list – https://www.ibm.com/cloud/free/
  • Alibaba Cloud
    • Compute – 1 ecs.t5-lc1m1.small for 12 months with 40 GB ultra cloud disk or SSD disk and 1 MB internet bandwidth.
    • Function Compute – 1 million calls free each month, 400,000 GB-seconds free each month
    • API Gateway – For the 1st year you activate API Gateway, you get 1 million free calls each month.
    • .tech Domain Name – Free to use for one year
  • Full, detailed list – https://www.alibabacloud.com/campaign/free-trial

Let me also mention here that other cloud vendors offer cloud trials, so you can get a taste of their offerings, however we included here only the “always-free” offers. Some worth mentioning are:

Last but not least, we didn’t include SaaS Cloud vendors like Salesforce or Workday or Adobe. You may also take a closer look on this comparison of public cloud services, although i would not rely 100%.

Feel free to share any other we might have forgot? But most importantly take a look and familiarize as cloud is here to stay

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