Chapter 2

Obtaining Free Amazon Services


check Considering the free service offerings

check Ensuring that you have the right hardware

check Ensuring that you have the right networking setup

check Getting your free account

check Using your free account for the first time

One of the purposes of this book is to help you discover a lot more about Amazon Web Services (AWS) through experimentation. Of course, Amazon would just love to have you buy these services, but a free option, which is the focus of this chapter, is also available. The issue is one of figuring out just what Amazon means by free. This chapter’s first section clears up the questions you might have about what free means, because some services are always free and others are free for a limited time. In addition, you must consider the limits of free. If you use some of these services too much, you end up paying for them. Therefore, you need to know the rules in order to get the services free.

The next two sections of the chapter consider ...

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