This is interesting. If you have an infrequently used widget and need a host, this might fit into your budget. Its not free, but at $0.02 per hour some apps might take a long time to ring up a dollar. The other interesting point is that a Windows instance costs $0.03/hour. That’s a 50% higher cost than Linux. Can I use those numbers when I do TCO calculations for desktop replacement projects?
Amazon Web Services Blog: New Amazon EC2 Micro Instances – New, Low Cost Option for Low Throughput Applications
I can’t tell you how many of you have told me you’d like to run smaller applications at lower cost on EC2. These applications are typically low traffic/low throughput—web applications, web site hosting, various types of periodic cron jobs and the like.
I’m happy to say we have now built an instance type exactly for these purposes, called Micro instances, starting at $0.02 (two cents) per hour for Linux/Unix and $0.03 (three cents) per hour for Windows.