Before You Begin with Amazon CloudSearch
To use Amazon CloudSearch, you need an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. Your AWS account enables you to access Amazon CloudSearch and other AWS services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). As with other AWS services, you pay only for the Amazon CloudSearch resources you use. There are no sign up fees and charges are not incurred until you create a search domain.
If you already have an AWS account, you are automatically signed up for Amazon CloudSearch.
For console access, use your IAM user name and password to sign in to the AWS Management Console using the IAM sign-in page. IAM lets you securely control access to AWS services and resources in your AWS account. For more information about creating access keys, see How Do I Get Security Credentials? in the AWS General Reference.
To create an AWS account
Go to https://aws.amazon.com and click Sign Up Now.
Follow the instructions to sign up. You will need to enter payment information before you can begin using Amazon CloudSearch.