Good news, everyone! Now there's a possibility to try out App Engine and/or Compute Engine with a $1000 credit for each.

You don't need to be a startup or anything.

- Go to cloud.google.com/starterpack.
- Click apply.
- Complete the form with this promocode: fih-in

Here's an intro to what App Engine is (and isn't): 
https://developers.google.com/appengine/training/intro/whatisgae

Here's an (extended) Quora answer to the question how does App Engine compare to Amazon EC2 (apples to oranges): 
http://grack.com/blog/2011/03/01/appengine-vs-ec2-an-attempt-to-compare-apples-to-oranges/

Here's a comparison of Compute Engine with Amazon EC2 (not so much apples to oranges; I shared this one earlier this year): 
http://gigaom.com/2013/03/15/by-the-numbers-how-google-compute-engine-stacks-up-to-amazon-ec2/
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