From Amazon http://aws.amazon.com/ec2
Micro instances provide 613 MB of memory and support 32-bit and 64-bit platforms on both Linux and Windows. Micro instance pricing for On-Demand instances starts at $0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows.
Customers have asked us for a lower priced instance type that could satisfy the needs of their less demanding applications. Micro instances are optimized for applications that require lower throughput, but which still may consume significant compute cycles periodically. Micro instances provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources, and also allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available.
Micro instances are available immediately in all regions, and we invite you to go and try one out for yourself today! Learn more about Amazon EC2′s new Micro instances ataws.amazon.com/ec2.
Instances of this family provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources and allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available. They are well suited for lower throughput applications and web sites that consume significant compute cycles periodically.
- Micro Instance 613 MB of memory, up to 2 ECUs (for short periodic bursts), EBS storage only, 32-bit or 64-bit platform
So dont buy that new CPU yet- use existing hardware in tandem with these micro instances (and internet) to compute- (but only if your corporate IP administrator wasn’t trained in Windows only certifications ;)