I am a software developer. I need a cloud-based environment for development, deployment, and testing, similar to Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. Both are good but they require a credit card upon registration (even just for activating a free trial subscription). The worst thing is a credit card can only be activated and used for one subscription. That means if my trial subscription is expired, I will have to either upgrade it or go to a bank and register another credit card (and will be charged hundred thousand VND per month). To an ordinary Vietnamese software developer living in Vietnam with only an average salary like me, both options are costly and very inconvenient.

I am looking for an alternative. It should be similar to the two above or, at least, allow me to create virtual machines running Unix and/or Windows. It may be entirely free (would be great) or will be only free during a trial period. But either it shouldn't ask me to provide a credit card info upon registration, or it shouldn't impose any limit on how many times a credit card can be used for registration.

If you know any alternative cloud-based platform like I describe above, please let me know. Thank you very much. I really appreciate that.

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    Should probably be on softwarerecs.stackexchange.com – potatopeelings Mar 23 '18 at 5:02
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    sorry, this is just as a poor fit here as it was at Stack Overflow where it was heavily voted down and closed – gnat Mar 23 '18 at 13:03
  • well I guess those who deliberately voted my thread down are probably those who live in Western societies (where using credit cards is a norm) or those who have high salaries (so they have no problem to invest their money for cloud services). They don't care those who are less fortunate than them, who only receive a few millions VND monthly (try to convert to USD or EUR to see how much approx I get). It seems that all they want is "If you don't pay as much money as we do, we are gonna to stop you from exploring cloud computing by voting you down.". What a bunch of heartless and selfish people. – Anthony Mar 23 '18 at 13:23
  • All I want is an alternative cloud-based platform that has less limit than MS Azure and Google Cloud, so I can learn more about cloud computing without having to spend a large amount of money for it. If you don't want to help me, that's fine. Just ignore my thread. I don't force anyone to read it. Reading it and voting it down only show how selfish and heartless you really are. – Anthony Mar 23 '18 at 13:28
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"Hi Anthony!

Well, there is nothing about vote or upvote. It’s all about the answers. I know many people who seek a cheaper alternative to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud platform. I understand your dilemma.

Assuming that you are looking for a cloud computing service that doesn’t ask for a credit card during registration, I have rounded up following cheaper services for you. I have
I recommend following services:


This cloud service offers developers a workspace where developers can work together regardless of their location. You can easily set up permissions within the service. DigitalOcean is the only service that runs on 100% solid state drives. You can opt for monthly or hourly pricing depending on your needs.

You can check details here: https://www.digitalocean.com/


Cloudsigma is primarily for people who are looking for the utmost level of privacy and security. With CloudSigma, you will get a cloud server independent by location and subject to your country’s laws. CloudSigma is compliant with the highest standards of ISO 27001, which promises to keep your data safe. You will get many free resources; you will get 1 GB Ram, 5TB outbound data and 50 GB SSD for free at minimum $10 monthly.

Check details here: https://www.cloudsigma.com/


If you are really looking for high-performance at low costs, try Kahu – a flexible and scalable system for small as well as large enterprises alike. You can use a private space while staying compliant with HIPAA and other regulations. You can combine privately rented with public shares to have the resources available all time.

Check details here: https://www.lightcrest.com/

Amazon S3 is also a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform but has credit card limits during registration. Check out this link for more information about Amazon S3, https://cloud.netapp.com/blog/amazon-s3-as-a-file-system


  • Thanks @Amaina for your response. Indeed I need a cloud service. It doesn't have to be always free (although would be great if it is). It might only be free for only amount of time. But it shouldn't ask for credit card during registration. I'll try your suggestions. Thanks again. – Anthony Mar 30 '18 at 8:14

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