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Amazon recently introduced a free tier for its cloud offering. I signed up for AWS and while signing up for the free tier of S3, i found this

As part of AWS Free Usage Tier, you can get started with Amazon S3 for free. Upon sign-up, new AWS customers receive 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, 2,000 Put Requests, 15GB of bandwidth in and 15GB of bandwidth out each month for one year.

source:aws.amazon.com , emphasis mine.

20,000 GET requests & 2000 puts mean , 20,000 page views(max) and 2000 file uploads per month.

Isn't that lower than what App Engine offers 43,200,000 requests per day.Am I missing some thing, please help.

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Yes

Google Apps engine costs less. So if you can live with the restrictions (programming model!) of app engine, it is the by far more cost effective solution.

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that means that aws free tier will only offer 20k page views per month? –  abel Dec 16 '10 at 9:38
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Your calculation is only true if you are hosting a static website directly from S3. The free tier also includes the micro instance; and that will have EBS storage that you can use to host the site.

The uploads could be handled there too.

BTW: I'm not disputing that App-engine isn't cheaper. If its paradigm works for you, it almost certainly is less expensive.

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I didn't know that. Using appengine means developing an from scratch to meet appengine's requirements, which is a pain. –  abel Dec 18 '10 at 17:36
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Google's "programming model" is designed for speed. Amazon simply cannot compete in this space because of old-school architectural design.

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