Nowadays there a plenty of cloud-providers out there offering a bunch of services. If you want to try these or even use them regulary for free, I have something for you.

I will just cover VMs here, but feel free to look also at other services.

AWS

Offers some services 12 months free of charge. I will not go into detail because sadly this is not ALWAYS free. But have a look at https://aws.amazon.com/free/

Cloud Providers with ALWAYS free tier

| Cloud Provider | # VMs | vCPUs / VM | Memory | Disk | Outgoing Traffic | | — | — | — | — | — | — | | Google Cloud Platform | 1 | 2 | 1 GB | 30 GB | 1 GB | | Microsoft Azure | 1 | 1 | 1 GB | 64 GB | 15 GB | | Oracle Cloud | 2
1 | 2
4 (ARM) | 1 GB
24 GB | 200 GB
| 10 TB |

Oracle is my favourite choice here 😍

If you set this is up using an Ubuntu image, it can be that the firewall is enabled. See Change Ubuntu firewall rules