Thursday, 25 November 2021 10:15

AWS free tier data transfer expands to include 100GB from regions and 1TB from Amazon CloudFront


The AWS free tier has been around since 2010 with uncharged offerings around 100 different AWS services. Today AWS announced it is expanding the free tier’s data transfer capacity from 1GB to 100GB for regions and from 50GB to a massive 1TB for Amazon CloudFront.

The AWS free offerings come in different forms; some are free trials, some are free for 12 months from sign-up, and others are always free to a per-service maximum. This means you can run virtual machines, databases, and web apps on highly-available, elastic cloud infrastructure without spending a cent until your customers and your requirements have scaled up.

Today AWS announced a dramatic increase in the amount of uncharged data transfer out that it offers in the free tier, effective from the 1st of December 2021.

Data transfer from AWS regions to the Internet will now be free for up to 100GB of data per month, up from 1GB per region. You don’t need a chart to know that’s 100x the data and includes EC2, S3, elastic load balancing (ELB), and other services. The expansion does not apply to AWS GovCloud or the AWS China region.

Data transfer from Amazon CloudFront will now be free for up to 1TB of data, which is a massive increase from the previous limit of 50GB - and what’s more, it’s no longer limited to the first 12 months after sign-up. This is an always-free offering now. That’s a whopping change and is a huge benefit to startups, independent developers, and organisations of all sizes.

What's more, seeing as you have all this data, AWS has in addition raised the number of free HTTP and HTTPS requests from two million to ten million, and removed the 12-month limit on the two million free CloudFront function invocations per month. Yes, you get more data, you get more HTTP/S requests, and it’s no longer limited to new accounts. These CloudFront expansions do not apply to data transfer from CloudFront points of presence in China but are effective for everyone else.

The changes kick in on December 1st and you don't need to do anything; AWS will automatically apply them to millions of AWS customers worldwide.

If you are currently receiving charges for these services then your next bill after December will show either a zero dollar charge or, if you exceed the free amounts, a reduced charge on what you would have paid otherwise.

Your applications can run in any of 21 AWS regions with a total of 69 availability zones and can make use of the full range of CloudFront features including SSL support and media streaming, and over 300 CloudFront points of presence all connected across a dedicated network backbone.

AWS designed its network with performance as a key driver and is continually expanding it. It is global, fully redundant, and built from parallel 100 GbE metro fibres linked via trans-oceanic cables across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and South China Seas.

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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