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Microsoft Azure

You can start your digital transformation journey today - your first mile is free.

Access a number of services available in Microsoft Azure without paying a penny (or rupee). Some are available for free for the first 12 months while many are always free. Added to this, you also get a pocket money of β‚Ή13,300 to spend for the first month of your journey.

Let us first look at what services are always offered for free by Microsoft

1.       Do you want to quickly create powerful cloud apps using a fully-managed platform? Get 10 web, mobile or API apps with Azure App Service with 1 GB storage

2.       Wish to build apps faster with serverless architecture? You can now send 1 million requests and get4,00,000 GBs of resource consumption with Azure Functions Service

3.       Are you looking for simplifying the deployment, management and operations of Kubernetes - an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications to groups containers that make up an application into logical units – for easy management and discovery? Use Azure Container service to cluster virtual machines.

4.       Are you planning for Identity and Access Management on the Cloud for your organization? Store 50,000 objects with Azure Active Directory with Single Sign-On (SSO) for 10 apps per user.

5.       Do you want to try managing Identity and access of your customers? 50, 000 monthly stored users and 50,000 authentications per month with Azure Active Directory B2C

6.       You can build and operate always-on, scalable and distributed microservice apps using Azure Service Fabric

7.       Do you want to complement your IDE to share code, track work and ship software for any language – all in a single pack? List first 5 users free with Visual Studio Team Services

8.       Get actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics - Unlimited nodes (server or platform-as-a-service instance) with Application Insights and 1 GB of telemetry data included per month

9.       You can quickly provision software product development and test environment for Linux and Windows applications at the Azure DevTest Labs and use it without limit

10.   Enterprises can use Machine learning with 100 modules and 1 hour per experiment with 10 GB included storage at the Azure Machine Learning Studio – just drag and drop to deploy a solution – no coding

11.   Capitalize on the free policy assessment and recommendations with Azure Security Center where you get unified security management and advanced threat protection across hybrid cloud workloads.

12.   Get unlimited personalized recommendations and Azure best practices with Azure Advisor

13.   Start connecting IoT assets, monitor and manage them at the Azure Iot Hub. The free edition includes 8,000 messages per day with 0.5 KB message meter size

14.   Start delivering high availability and network performance to your applications using the public load-balanced IP with Azure Load Balancer

15.   Integrate your data in a hybrid environment. You can now experiment with 5 low frequency activities with Azure Data Factory

16.   If you develop mobile and / or web apps, use this service to search the cloud 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents with Azure Search including 3 indexes per service

17.   Get a free namespace and push 1 million notifications to any platform from any back end with Azure Notification Hubs

18.   Manage compute power without limit using Azure Batch for cloud-scale job scheduling and cluster management

19.   Automate your process and manage the cloud with a free 500 minute of job run time with Azure Automation

20.   Get more value from your data assets – include unlimited users and 5,000 catalog objects with Azure Data Catalog

21.   Detect human faces, compare similar ones and organize images – 30,000 transactions per month processing at 20 transactions per minute with Face API

22.   Convert 5,000 audio to text and vice versa transactions per month with Bing Speech API

23.   Easily conduct real-time text translation with a simple REST API call – free 2 million characters included for Translator Text API

24.   Transform your log data into actionable insights using this free 500 MB-per-day analysis plus 7-day retention period with Log Analytics

25.   Run 1 job, 5 jobs per collection and 3,600 job executions on simple or complex recurring schedules for free with Scheduler

26.   Get your first 50 private virtual networks free with Azure Virtual Network

27.   Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer

These services listed below are free for the first 12 months

1.       Deploy 1 or more Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server (1 core 1GB RAM, 2 GB SSD Disk space) and run them for 750 hours (aggregate)

2.       Deploy 1 or more Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Linux (1 core 1GB RAM, 2 GB SSD Disk space) and run them for 750 hours (aggregate)

3.       Get 128 GB of Managed Disks (as a combination of two 64 GB (P6) SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations) for persistent secure disc storage for your VMs in Azure

4.       Get 5 GB of LRS-Hot Blob Storage – a massively scalable object storage for unstructured data - with 2 million read, 2 million write and 2 million write/list operations

5.       Get 5 GB of LRS File Storage – simple secure and fully managed files share – with 2 million read, 2 million list and 2 million other file operations

6.       Deploy an SQL Database Standard S0 instance with 250 GB data and 10 database transaction units

7.       Deploy a globally distributed multi-model database service with Azure Cosmos DB to store 5 GB data with 400 reserved in units

8.       15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer.

There is one service that is always free after first 12 months

1.       5 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer always free after first 12 months.

The Azure free account is available to all new customers of Azure. If you have never had an Azure free trial or have never been a paying Azure customer, you are eligible. You don’t have to pay anything at all at the start.

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