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Root457185dBait and hook.
You'll rely upon it after building around it.
Free tier has a lot of limitations, and it's just 12 months. Their services are not very expensive compared with creating your own infrastructures, but they benefit mainly from big companies using their services at scale, such as Netflix and HERE.
C0D4320635dFree for 12 months.
Gives you time to play and experiment, build a viable product and make it production ready before they start taking your money.
After that you're to involved with their ecosystem to easily leave.
It's essentially advertisement. They would have set it up so that the value they pay in enabling a free tier would be exceeded by the value of the increased market share it brings (whether monetary value or other stuff like market control etc.)
@Gorlami dunno what their business model is in terms of numbers. But AWS operates at such a large scale that
1. They can handle that load easily
2. Statistically not everyone uses services to max, which allows them to save on infrastructure
3. You can bet the cost would have been taken into account in their model for competing with GCP/Azure/etc. and growing their business. Free services make them look more attractive than their competition.
Basically it's an investment into growing their business in the long run, which would pay off handsomely over time.
This is about as much as I'm willing to conjecture, any more would require internal data from Amazon
My take on this is that this is similar to fare "tiers" in airliners. Essentially, the bulk of the cost of the entire flight is shouldered by the passengers in the upper class even though there are just a few of them. I have no data to support my claim though. :)
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