Finally it happened. EC2 is available for everybody. And more than that they now provide servers with 7.5GB and 15GB of RAM per instance. Sweet.
For a lot of companies EC2 was not viable due to high memory requirements of some of the applications. Splitting up such tasks to use less memory on multiple servers was possible, but not really cost and time efficient. The release of new types of instances removes that road block and would probably invoke significant curiosity from memory crunching application developers.
$0.10 – Small Instance (Default)
1.7 GB of memory, 1 EC2 Compute Unit (1 virtual core with 1 EC2 Compute Unit), 160 GB of instance storage, 32-bit platform
$0.40 – Large Instance
7.5 GB of memory, 4 EC2 Compute Units (2 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units each), 850 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform
$0.80 – Extra Large Instance
15 GB of memory, 8 EC2 Compute Units (4 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units each), 1690 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform
$0.10 per GB – all data transfer in
$0.18 per GB – first 10 TB / month data transfer out
$0.16 per GB – next 40 TB / month data transfer out
$0.13 per GB – data transfer out / month over 50 TB