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8 Top Cloud Computing Providers to get started for free

Today we are going to discuss about 8 top cloud computing provider companies to get you started for free. Read the full review and get idea of which to choose. This review is not just review, its my personal experience with all listed providers, some for months and some i had used for years.

If you don’t know what is cloud computing then also you are not in the wrong place, as its never too late to learn anything.

Here are few links where you can get an idea of cloud computing:

  1. WIKI
  2. Microsoft
  3. AWS
  4. ZNET

Now lets move forward and get started with our review:

  1. Gearhost:

Gearhost.com is a U.S. web-based hosting company offering a variety of professional hosting services.  Their highly trained team specializes in hosting and domain management using cluster technology using web server nodes. Gearhost.com data centers are located in Colorado and and use multiple tier 1 network transit providers for better speed and security.

PROS:

  • Instant activation
  • instant deployment
  • no cc needed for free instance
  • Simple interface
  • Always Free: Yes

CONS:

  • SHARED Web Node
  • 1 Max Worker, 256MB / 5% CPU, 1GB Bandwidth, only 100MB Storage
  • Always-On Feature is no longer offered
  • Locations: US & UK Only

 

2. Amazon cloud (AWS):

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon providing on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

PROS:

  • EC2 Free tier offers t2 micro instance for 12 months free access or 750 computing hours a month
  • 30 GB block volume
  • 5 GB object storage
  • Instant deployment
  • Locations: Global

CONS:

  • Only 1 vCPU and 1 GB of RAM, 1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, Amazon Block Storage
  • Credit Card needed for activation
  • Always Free: No, 12 Months only
  • Complex AI for newbies
  • Sometimes it takes too long to create images of EC2 instances
  • High price

 

3. HEROKU:

Heroku is a cloud platform as a service supporting several programming languages. One of the first cloud platforms, Heroku has been in development since June 2007, when it supported only the Ruby programming language, but now supports Java, Node.js, Scala, Clojure, Python, PHP, and Go.

PROS:

  • 1 vCPU, 512 MB RAM, storage through add-ons
  • Many add-ons are available
  • Always Free: Yes
  • Locations: Global

CONS:

  • The free cloud instance is not always on, and you’ll have to turn it back on after 30 minutes of inactivity.
    little complicated to understand for beginner users.

 

4. Google Cloud Platform (GCP):

Google Cloud Platform, offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail, file storage, and YouTube.

PROS:

  • 1 vCPU, 0.6 GB RAM, 30 GB storage
  • Always Free: Yes
  • Additional Trial for 12 months with $300 to use any service without any restriction
  • No Auto Charge after trial
  • Locations: Global

Cons:

  • Less flexible machine type selection
  • Poor documentation and broken SDKs
  • Customer service, expect nothing

 

5. Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun):

Alibaba Cloud, also known as Aliyun, is a Chinese multinational cloud computing company, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services to online businesses and Alibaba’s own e-commerce ecosystem.

PROS:

  • 2 Core 2 GB, 40 GB ultra cloud/SSD disk for 3 months or 1 Core 1 GB, 40 GB ultra cloud/SSD disk for 12 months
  • 20+ Always free products
  • Locations: Global

CONS:

  • Always Free: No

 

6. Oracle Cloud: 

Oracle Cloud is a cloud computing service offered by Oracle Corporation providing servers, storage, network, applications and services through a global network of Oracle Corporation managed data centers. The company allows these services to be provisioned on demand over the Internet.

PROS:

  • 2 Autonomous Databases, 20 GB each
  • 100 GB block volume
  • 10 GB object storage
  • Easy to use interface, fast deployment, very secured
  • + 30 days trial with $300 Credits to explore any service
  • Always Free: Yes

CONS:

  • Bare-bone offering for the low end
  • Limited performance with .NET solutions

 

7. Microsoft Azure:

Microsoft Azure, commonly referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.

PROS:

  • 1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, 5 GB storage
  • Locations: Global
  • Quick to deploy, operate
  • Secure login with Azure Single Sign-On

CONS:

  • Always Free: No, 12 Months only
  • Frequent Outages

 

8. Redhat Openshift:

OpenShift is a family of containerization software products developed by Red Hat. Its flagship product is the OpenShift Container Platform — an on-premises platform as a service built around Docker containers orchestrated and managed by Kubernetes on a foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

PROS:

  • 4 vCPU, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB storage

CONS:

  • Always free: No, 30 days trial only
  • Locations: North Virginia and Oregon, US

Author’s Verdict:

As i have personally used all of the cloud providers above, my final verdict is i Love Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud for simplicity, clear pricing module, vast range of modules, uptime, network quality, Locations, reliability and security.

In the next article soon i will give you all step by step guide on how can you signup and setup your could instance for free. From OS selection to server software, from security to speed and optimization and also how to setup world’s famous, self managed, blog creating software WORDPRESS.

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