If you are wondering if it is possible to setup a private cloud infrastructure (similar to AWS) , the answer is YES.
If you have a computer (laptop or desktop) with very good configuration as mentioned below, you can have your OWN Private Cloud Infrastructure set up on your computer using Eucalyptus, open source private cloud software.
Interesting thing about Eucalyptus is it is AWS Compatible.
CPU: 64 Processor(s) with multiple cores
Hard disk: SSD hard drive for better performance
Software: Virtualization software like VMWare Workstation
Even if you have slightly lower configuration also it is still possible to setup your cloud intrastructure, but the performance might be slow.
For more on Eucalyptus please visit https://www.eucalyptus.com/
Look forward for more details.
Please find below the details of FREE AWS trainings and labs provided which I got via email communication. Sharing the same for your reference.
AWS has released a new training series called “Introduction to AWS” ( http://aws.amazon.com/training/intro_series/ )
This series features free and on-demand instructional videos combined with free self-paced labs to enable those who are new to AWS to learn about an AWS service in 30 minutes or less.
Our first set of videos and labs include the below topics:
• Introduction to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
• Introduction to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
• Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
• Introduction to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
• Introduction to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
• Introduction to Elastic Load Balancing
Users can start by watching a short video about each AWS service to learn about key concepts and terminology and to see a step-by-step console demonstration. Videos are available on the Amazon Web Services YouTube ( https://amazonwebservices.thismoment.com/us-en/youtube/productsandservices2?noflash=1 ) channel under “Training & Certification”. Following the video, users can get hands-on practice using the AWS service with a free self-paced training lab.
In case you have not started using AWS, you can do so asap, it works on a self-service model and the best way to learn about AWS is to just get started. Use a valid local credit card, sign up for an AWS account and get started right away. We work on a pay per use, pay as you go model.
You can get started right away by just creating an account at www.aws.amazon.com with a valid local credit card. By signing-in to the AWS Management Console, you can start spinning-up server instances in 2-3 minutes and get admin access ( RDP / SSH) to those instances straight away.
You are also eligible for a free tier which contains enough credits for you to start playing around with our services. Just to reiterate, this is not a free account – as long as you stay within the usage limits of this tier you will not be charged. When you start exceeding usage limits mentioned in free usage tier, you will be charged by the hour for the resources you are using. Please find more information at http://aws.amazon.com/free. Refer Free Tier Getting Started Guide for more information. And you can always monitor your estimated AWS bill using our billing alerts.
Amazon provides FREE AWS account for 12 months it is called as "AWS Free Tier" account.
Here are the steps on HOW to get FREE AWS TIER account for 12 months. Please note that the account would be FREE as long as your usage donot cross the different pre-defined limits for the FREE account. Please note that you might be charged $1 on your Credit Card for verification while registering for AWS newly.
AWS FREE TIER Account qualifies for the many services which should be sufficient for learning about AWS services(data as of 18 Sep 2014, might get updated). Few of the important services:
Amazon EC2 (750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage or 750 hours per month of Windows t2.micro instance usage)
Amazon S3 (5 GB of Standard Storage, 20000 Get Requests, 2000 Put Requests)
AWS Trusted Advisor (4 best-practice checks on performance and security (service limits, security groups, IAM, and MFA) Notification and customization features)
and more more...
Please visit http://aws.amazon.com/free/ to get more details of the FREE account and to register your account.
CAUTION: In order to register your AWS FREE account, you need to provide your Credit Card details, if your usage is BEYOND the allocated FREE usage levels of different services you would be CHARGED on your credit card, please be AWARE and be careful to use the services WELL WITHIN LIMIT. But using AWS Trusted Advisor service you can set ALERTS on your usage.
I registered my AWS FREE account couple of years back and I was not charged a single cent extra as my usage was well below the available free limits.
One more TRICK for users who DONOT want to provide their credit card or donot have a credit card, please check if your BANK or CREDIT CARD company have a provision to create a VIRTUAL CREDIT CARD with a pre-defined limit says Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 and use it for registering on AWS site, your account might be charged a small amount of 1 USD or so when you register your account for Credit Card validation.
Please NOTE that AWS charges in USD and not in INR.
Once you have your FREE AWS account, you can use all the services within the quota without the fear of getting charged. I used those services well within the limits and I didn't pay an extra CENT.
So while using any service like EC2, ensure that you are choosing an AMI which qualifies for FREE TIER and then only use it.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any further queries.
All the best.