Amazon Announces EC2 Free TierNov 15, 2010
Amazon's new pricing models and free tier for EC2 is an interesting marketing step. The concept of internet populism - which we've talked about extensively - when a company introduces a free product to gain traction in the market, and subsidizes that product with advertising or a la carte options, might see a big jump among other companies with Amazon's adaptation.
More importantly, what does this mean for Amazon's competitors? While you could always sneak your way into free web hosting, cloud instances have never been free - there are many small or boutique hosting firms that offer a great deal for your dollar.