In this blog post I would like to introduce you the Alibaba Cloud free tier and the always free of charges services. I consider it is a must before sitting to a certification exam or before taking the decision whether to use a cloud provider or not, to to test the platform, to play with the services and gain experience with the console. This will help you to get a feeling about the platform.
Alibaba Cloud free tier
The Alibaba Cloud Free Tier enables you to gain free, hands-on experience with the Alibaba Cloud platform, products, and services.
As part of your Alibaba Cloud Free Tier, you obtain the following Alibaba Cloud services/products per month without costs:
- ECS t5 (1 CPU, 1 GB) 12 months free
- ECS t6 (2 CPU, 2 GB) 3 months free
- Server Load Balancer 750 hrs 50+ GB
- Object Storage Service 100 GB
- Network Attached Storage 5 GB storage 6 months instance
- Tablestore 100 GB storage 750 hrs instance
- Hybrid Backup Recovery 100 GB storage 3 months instance
- ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL 1 month 1 instance 2 nodes
- ApsaraDB RDS for PostgreSQL 1 month 1 instance single node
- ApsaraDB for Redis 1 month 4 GB instance
- ApsaraDB for MongoDB 1 month 1 instance 3 nodes
- Developer After-sales support plan 1 month
- API Gateway 1 MM calls/month 1 year
The Alibaba Cloud Free Tier applies to participate services across our global regions. Your free usage under the Alibaba Cloud Free Tier is calculated each month across all regions and automatically applied to your bill – free usage does not accumulate.
For more information about Alibaba Cloud Free Tier, you can browse more details in https://www.alibabacloud.com/campaign/free-trial/
How to sign up for an Alibaba Cloud free tier account?
I created a step by step guide on how to create a free-tier Alibaba Cloud account. You can find it here.
The Alibaba Cloud free usage tier is available to all new customer accounts – students, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies are all welcome to sign up.
When does the Alibaba Cloud free usage tier expire?
These free tier offers are only available to new Alibaba Cloud customers and are available for 12 months following your Alibaba Cloud sign-up date. When your 12-month free usage term expires or if your application use exceeds the tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates.
There are non-expiring offers at the end of your 12-month Alibaba Cloud Free Tier term and are available to all Alibaba Cloud customers.
Alibaba Cloud Free Services
There are several Alibaba Cloud services that don’t have an additional charge. You pay for Alibaba Cloud resources you create to store and run your applications. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no upfront commitments.
These Alibaba Cloud services are always free:
- Container Registry
- Operation Orchestration Service
- Resource Orchestration Service
- Auto Scaling
- Web App Service
- Container Service for Kubernetes
Network and Databases:
- Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- DMS – Flexible Management
- DAS Basic
Security and Artificial Intelligence:
- Anti-DDoS Basic
- Resource Access Management (RAM)
- Security Center Basic
Applications and Developers:
- Application Configuration Management
- Message Service
- OpenAPI Explorer
- Cloud Shell
- Alibaba Cloud DNS
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