Best access to MS SQL Server 2012 for training

I'm doing some training to upgrade my skills in the Microsoft SQL Server stack. I want to learn SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. I need advice on the best (lowest cost) way to get access to MS SQL Server 2012 for this purpose. Is SQL Server express an  option? Are cloud based services available e.g. Amazon AWS? Do I need to buy a copy for my home PC? Thanks in advance for any help given.
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chaauConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think SQL Server Developer edition is the best. It costs only $59.95 but gives you access to all features of SQL Server, inluding SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. The express editions lucks these features.
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Haris DjulicCommented:
the best option will be to obtain your local copy of the SQL server instead of the cloud based solutions, and since the SQL Server Express with Advanced Services is free to use and includes the following
Experience the full feature set of SQL Server Express. This package contains the database engine, Express Tools, Reporting Services, Full Text Search, management tools, and all the components of SQL Server Express.

i think that the Express will be good basis...
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FyllSeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that. Does that mean I would need a Server 2008R2 or Server 2012 box to run the developer edition on or can I install and run on a Win 7 Pro workstation?
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chaauCommented:
I am pretty sure it will run on Windows 7, but please check the official website before buying
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FyllSeeAuthor Commented:
Cool - SQL Server 2012 runs on Win 7 Pro SP1 according to the official MS information. One final point: Do I need a MSDN subscription or anything to run SQL Server 2012 Developer edition?
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Haris DjulicConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You will just need free microsoft account ( skype, etc..) to access download link...
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FyllSeeAuthor Commented:
Very prompt response - thanks EE
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