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Amazon EC2 t1.micro swizz !

January 6, 2011

Just got my bill from Amazon for the 2 instances Im running and find Ive been charged for 728 hours on one of them – I thought this was supposed to be free for a year ! Reading again the small print (ugh) it seems you are entitled to 750 hours free, but it doesn’t explicitely say per instance. So – it seems its per account and you can run as many instances as you like and use a total of 750 hours across them in total before you get charged. Then again, I suppose thats reasonable enough – Amazon wouldn’t want to have every SME in the world running in the cloud for free, for a year when you could be getting cash from them, would you ? I must have been in a daze ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    That’s the downside of AWS – pricing and features are quite complicated ! If you’re interested – check out digitalmines.com – Irish company launched a couple of months ago (disclaimer: I work there!) that simplifies it and reduces these little scares (trust me – we know all about them – and have seen some pretty costly ones!).


  2. January 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Ed – good to see some new Irish cloud activity.

    Looking at digitalmines quickly, I can’t see that it would be any cheaper to run 2 images/vm’s than on EC2 – is this correct ? If so, what USP is digital mines delivering over say rackspace or the other competitors ? What advantage is there for a developer or small startup like me ?

  3. January 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Hi Ultan,

    No it wouldn’t be cheaper running VM’s on DM than EC2 – we built on top of AWS so we pay the same costs a everyone else. Our USP for someone who is not very knowledgeable about the Cloud is that we do pre-sales spec, configuration, deployment and ongoing support, and our USP for someone who already has an AWS account is that you get a single pane of glass to that lets you do some AWS operations quite quickly and easily – monitoring, backup/snapshot, firewall management.

    It’s early stages for us … the product roadmap is to integrate the majority of AWS features but make them easy to use. So for people who aren’t technical … they get to use complex features easily, and for those who are – they get to do the basics quickly.

    Love some feedback if you are interested – the service is free if you have an AWS account.

  4. January 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    It looks like there are many surprises lurking within the clouds ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      I think I’ll be running into a few more soon. Might have to start another instance for a new project Im starting to develop. I really want a developer/freemium cloud provider where I can run multiple instances with next to no traffic – need to be able to test out and configure apps and gauge performance criteria before going public. Anyone know of such a beast ?

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