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Discussion on: Is there such thing as a truly free cloud database?

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Robert Myers

Why do you think something like this would even exist?

I'm going to make an argument by bringing this to a ridiculous extension. Let's suppose a service like this does exist. What would prevent Amazon from moving to it, cutting their database infrastructure costs to zero?

Quite obviously, no one would be willing to support Amazon for free, so there has to be limits. You just need to figure out what ones are acceptable to you. I agree with Ben below. You also might just want to get one of the providers and set a billing limit for what overage is worth to you (say alert at $5, stop at $10). "Not free" may still be in a hobbyist range, with the free tier plus a coffee or two.