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AWS is great for start-ups, specially with the one year free tier. Anyone else giving away a free server, with a load balancer these days?

"Server" is an euphemism. The micro's run on the leftover capacity of their host. This means they're not suited to tasks that need any kind of responsiveness (as implied by the word "server").

They're meant for long-term crunching such as video transcoding or batch-jobs. And in most cases you'll want to have a lot more than one because a single micro has about the throughput of a modern android phone...

AWS is a distraction for startups. The free tier is just bait.

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