No risk, no commitment

No hidden costs. No setup fees. You can cancel any time and get a pro-rata refund on monthly fees.

Amazon handles the billing

We don't need your credit card details. Amazon gives you full control over all fees & charges.

After you sign up you pay Amazon directly for EC2 cloud server time and S3 backup storage

EC2 server usage fees

Starting at $0.02/hour ($14/month) for a cloud server with 613 MB RAM

S3 backup storage fees

Only $0.15/GB per month for ultra-durable cloud storage

“A simple way to get applications running fast, out of the box.

— Karl Walsh

“Been looking for something like TurnKey Linux for a while now.

— Don Sanderson

“Gobsmacked at the sheer effort that went into the Turnkey library.

— John Brown

1. TurnKey Cloud Servers: Plans and pricing for deployments on Amazon EC2

Can I use the Hub with Amazon's free tier?

Yes. With the AWS free usage tier customers new to Amazon's cloud services automatically get 750 micro server hours per month free for up to a year. In a bid to get more users to try out their platform Amazon is giving away over $200 in value! For frequently asked questions regarding the free usage tier, see this page.

Can I reduce costs with reserved instances?

Yes. You can pay up to 76% less by purchasing reserved server capacity up-front. In exchange the hourly usage rate is heavily discounted and server capacity is guaranteed to be available when you need it.

Am I charged for running servers that I don't use?

Amazon doesn't monitor how you use the servers you run on their cloud service. You pay for the cloud resources you consume even if those resources are wasted, the same way you pay for the electric energy that keeps the lights on even when you are out of the room.

How do I track my cloud server usage?

The Hub tracks cloud server uptime and can send you a weekly or monthly e-mail summary. You can also download detailed usage logs from the Amazon Web Services website.

What if I use a server for less than an hour?

Server time is metered in hourly increments so you will still get charged for a full hour.

How do I estimate server costs in advance?

Amazon charges you for server time, storage and bandwidth, in proportion to usage. Full pricing details are listed on the AWS website. A handy calculator is also available.

Unlike traditional hosting plans, you only pay for what you use. Cloud usage patterns are limited only by your imagination. For example, running a single server for 24 hours costs the same as running 24 servers for one hour.

“ Very cool stuff. The Hub is cloud deployment for human beings.”

— Mark Russell

2. TurnKey Backup and Migration: $0.15 / GB for data storage on Amazon S3

Amazon bills you at the end of every month, in proportion to the amount of cloud storage used at $0.15/GB per month.

For example: 5 GB storage = $0.75/month

To enable TurnKey to store your backups on Amazon's S3 storage cloud, the Hub will redirect you to log into your existing Amazon account (or create a new one) and then take you to a sign up page.

After you sign up, Amazon will bring you back to the Hub and you'll be able to backup any TurnKey appliance.

How do I estimate backup costs in advance?

Before you backup a server you can run a dry-run simulation in the Webmin interface which reports how much data you have but storage costs are so low this is rarely worth worrying about.

A full server backup uploads just 10KB worth of compressed, encrypted storage for a freshly installed server, because TurnKey backups only keep track of the changes you care about - new data and server customizations.

What happens if my payment method is invalidated?

Amazon supports payment by credit card and bank account. We recommend heavy users add a bank account as their payment method, as it's usually more permanent than a credit card.

In any case, if your payment method is invalidated (e.g., cancelled or expired credit card), billing will fail and Amazon will attempt to contact you (e.g., by e-mail) to provide a new, valid payment method.

I already use Amazon S3, what more do I need to sign up for?

The Hub uses a special API for Amazon S3 based products. It redirects you back to Amazon to "place an order" which authorizes TurnKey to store your backup data in isolation from regular Amazon S3 storage. This provides several advantages:

  1. Easier sign up process: new users don't need to know about S3 API keys, or what it means to give them to us.
  2. Security: we don't need access to all the data in your generic S3 account to do encrypted backups for you.
  3. Cost transparency: when Amazon bills you, TurnKey related storage charges show up separately.

What's the minimum Amazon will charge me?

There are no minimums. Amazon S3 is a true pay as you go service and they really will charge you just a few cents per month if that's all you use. For modest needs it's practically free.

“ The ability to actually test my offsite backups is so appealing. It doesn't seem right to be able to do that for only $0.10. ”

— Ryan J.