Using VMs in the Cloud (GCP, Azure, OCI, AWS, etc)

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What could possibly go wrong?
Nov 7, 2020
I am wondering if anyone is using cloud compute resources for personal use? I seem to have stumbled upon the free tiers in OCI and GCP where I have two OpenVPN-AS servers (Google's is quicker), a Wordpress host (@Steve hahahahahhahhahaha!1) and another host, all on the free micro-tiers. I am even playing with hosting my own WP site on there (light on plugins, I am not daft) to see how it goes. It's all part of my wanting to become more familiar with these services as we're leveraging them for business....

Anyone else doing this and have tips and tricks?

I find GCP to be more guided but annoying in certain ways; I like the simplicity that I blocked SSH for all hosts bar my own Tailscale hosts to my OCI boxes.....

I put this thread in this subforum because it seemed to fit least badly.
Does a VPS (at $5/mo) count as a cloud resource? I have used them in the past for prototyping work (when developing a game or other service) and one of my friends has one to host his Mumble server, which we sometimes use together for gaming sessions.
I think they do, effectively a VPS is the same. Except with the free tiers, some Cloud providers are cheaper....

Not Azure. I hear you can do a lot without a fixed IP at AWS too.
I just got my first bill from Google.....using a couple of accounts, each with 2 poverty-spec VMs :)D) - $0.00
That is:
- two Wordpress instances
- an OpenVPN AS
- an Opencanary that is open to the Internet (I turned off the Slack feed, it was just too annoying!)

If you pay attention to the free tier limitations, you can have some nice free hosts up there.