Amazon has introduced a Free Usage Tier to their AWS line. This will allow developers, students, and hobbyists to begin developing applications for the cloud for a very attractive price: $0.
Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.
I can’t wait to see what enterprising companies and school will take advantage of this. It’s a big deal.