08-05-2016 12:34 AM
I signed up for SAS UE on AWS last year using the free tier. A year later I find that its not free anymore. Apparently its free only for the first 12 months. Seems to be false advertising IMO.
08-06-2016 01:49 PM
The SAS software is free. However, Amazon can charge usage fees -- which usually do not kick in until after 12 months. From the SAS web site:
For a no-fee alternative, you can download SAS University Edition and run in a local VM. Easily learn and practice with your own data, and no internet connection is needed after you download/install.
Or you can use SAS OnDemand for Academics as an independent learner -- that is hosted by SAS, no fees. There are special processes for uploading your own data -- and of course an internet connection is necessary to access (as it is for AWS).