AWS costs explained

The cost of using AWS services depends on:

  1. the kind of services used such as compute, storage, networking, etc.,
  2. whether the AWS Free Tier is applicable,
  3. whether AWS Cloud Credit for Research is available, and
  4. the pricing model under which services are used.

The AWS Free Tier enables you to use for free some services within some limits in time and capacity. For example, if you created your instance in the last lesson using the Genomics AMI (30 GB) and the instance type t2.micro, your instance will not incur any cost during the 12 months from the time you opened your account. In the first episode of this lesson you will learn how to calculate the cost of your instance based on the services it uses, the scope of the AWS Free Tier and the free usage limits that may apply to your instance, how to check your service usage is within the free limits, and how to read your bills.

The AWS Cloud Credit for Research is credit towards the costs of using AWS services that is available to faculty, researchers and students at an accredited research institution. Student awards can be up to a maximum of US $5,000.00, but the awarded amount will depend on the research project description, the AWS services required, and the cost estimate of service usage as documented in your application. You will learn how to prepare your project and cost estimate to apply for AWS Cloud Credit for Research in the second episode.

The pricing model pay-as-you-go is the most widely known for cloud computing and is the one that is applied to your AWS service usage by default. Yet AWS offers other pricing schemes which, under some circumstances of service usage, will be cheaper. These include Savings Plans, Reserved Instances, and Spot Instances. These schemes offer from 40% up to 90% discount off pay-as-you-go and rely on committing for 1 to 3 years of service usage, or accepting non-immediate (on-demand) service, meaning that your instance may take long to respond or be made unavailable with 2-minutes notice, among other limitations. Savings Plans do not apply under AWS Free Tier nor Credit for Research. And capitalising on Reserved Instances and Spot Instances requires more involved configuration of AWS services and your applications. For these reasons, we will not consider these other pricing models any further in the remainder of this lesson. We will only consider the pay-as-you-go model from now on.


00:00 1. The AWS Free Tier How much will your instance cost?
What does the AWS Free Tier cover?
How to know your service usage is within the Free-Tier limits?
How much will you pay should you exceed the Free-Tier limits?
00:30 2. The AWS Cloud Credit for Research What is the AWS Cloud Credit for Research programme?
Who can apply?
How to apply?
01:00 Finish

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the number of related topics you decide to explore further.